Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Tuesday thanked the former Chief Minister late S. Nijalingappa for granting land in Bylakuppe in Mysore district to establish a Tibetan settlement. The spiritual leader was on his way to Mysore.

He addressed presspersons for a while at the Inspection Bungalow, off the Bangalore–Mysore highway here. Mr. Nijalingappa helped thousands of Tibetans in the State, he said.

The Dalai Lama also thanked India for establishing Tibetan settlements in different parts of the country.

Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah, Superintendent of Police Bhushan Gulabrao Borase, Assistant Commissioner Shantha L. Hulmani, Deputy Superintendent of Police V.J. Shobharani, Mandya City Municipal Council president B. Siddaraju, vice-president Chandrakala Shivaram and others welcomed the Dalai Lama.