By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 25 August 2012
In a sign of further tightening and crackdown in Ngaba, which has become a centre of Tibetan protests against Chinese rule, authorities continue to detain monks without charges, according to Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.
Lobsang Senge, a 30-year-old monk from Kirti monastery, was detained in mid August for unknown reasons, a source told TCHRD.
Another monk Lobsang Konchok, 40, from the same monastery was also detained on 17 August, also with the charges unknown.
Konchok was pursuing his Karampa degree (equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Tibetan Buddhism) at Kirti Monastery before his sudden arrest.
Both monks were detained by the Public Security Bureau personnel of Ngaba County in what China calls Sichuan province. Their condition and whereabouts remain unknown at the time of reporting.
Earlier this month, security personnel detained two more monks from Kirti monastery, Lobsang Tenzin and Sangdhue. They were held in custody for a week during which they were subjected to prolonged interrogations. Both were released without any explanation for their detention.
In 1998, Lobsang Tenzin had received a three-year sentence in prison, with the charges still unknown. He was detained again for a month in 2008 when protests broke out in large parts of Tibet.