2 Tibetans die after Chinese police firing


August 19, 2014 11:07 am

DHARAMSHALA: Two Tibetans have died in the wake of Chinese police firing on a group of peaceful Tibetan protestors in eastern Tibet last Tuesday, according to reports.

Dozens of Tibetans suffered severe injuries after the Chinese police shoot at Tibetans calling for the release of their  leader in Shugpa village in Shersul county in Karze prefecture in eastern Tibet (incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province). The village leader, Wangdak, was arrested for complaining against the mistreatment and harassment of Tibetans by the Chinese authorities.

Lo Palsang, a Tibetan man who was injured in the police firing, committed suicide in a detention centre where he and other 24 Tibetans have been held without access to medical treatment. The injured were first taken to Kyegudo for treatment. They were later brought back to Denma and are being kept in detention.

An unidentified 22 year old Tibetan youth succumbed to injuries sustained during the police firing.

Majority of the 700 residents of Shugpa village, barring children and elderly people, have also been detained by the Chinese authorities last Saturday. Those detained, including the head of the local Meru monastery, were kept at a prison in Lochug village. Some of them were later held in a local hospital due to less space in the prison.

The situation in the area remains tense as the injured Tibetans are still denied medical treatment and some of them are in critical condition.