New Delhi, May 6: Appalled at the Chinese allegations linking the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) with terror group Al Qaeda, the Tibetan leaders have hit back terming the charges the “biggest joke the Chinese could ever come up with”.

While TYC chief Tsewang Rigzin said the allegations against his group were “absurd and total lie”, secretary to the Dalai Lama Tenzin Takhla termed as “baseless” China’s charges that the Dalai Lama was committing “monstrous crimes”.

Tibetans leaders said the TYC is a non-governmental organisation and never had a history of violent actions. The TYC, set up in 1970, has around 30,000 members in India, North America and Europe, Rigzin said, adding that most of its members are in India.

“They are a bunch of young Tibetans who have grown up in a democratic country like India. They are energetic and more vocal about the Tibetan cause. But they were doing all this to grab attention of the international media,” said Mr Choekyong Wangchuk, member of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, referring to the TYC protests ahead of the Olympic torch relay all over the world. Stating that the charge on TYC was a “poisonous” idea, the Tibetan leaders said the Chinese government thus hopes to distance the locals in the host countries from the TYC wherever the protests against the Chinese aggression were organised. “Tomorrow the Chinese may allege that all the Tibetans are linked to Al Qaeda. This is absurd,” quipped Mr Wangchuk.