The Dalai Lama says reports indicate that Chinese agents have trained Tibetan women for a mission to murder him, the Telegraph reports.
"We received some sort of information from Tibet," the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner told the paper. "Some Chinese agents training some Tibetans, especially women, you see, using poison - the hair poisoned, and the scarf poisoned - they were supposed to seek blessing from me, and my hand touch."
Following the advice of Indian security officials, the Tibetan Buddhist leader told the paper he lives within a high security cordon in his temple palace grounds in Dharamsala, in the Himalayan foothills.
Relations between China and the Tibetan government-in-exile in India are poor and mutual suspicion high following more than 30 self-immolations in the last year by Tibetans in protest at Chinese moves to marginalize their language and culture, the Telegraph reports.
The Dalai Lama also told the paper Chinese interference may mean he is the last Dalai Lama and that Tibetans could decided to abandon the institution.
The leader made the revelations in an upcoming interview with the paper that will be published Sunday.
By Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY