DHARAMSHALA: Lobsang Yeshi, a Tibetan political prisoner in his 60s, died in Chushul prison in Lhasa while serving his 2-year imprisonment for taking active participation in an anti-mining protest in Gyalmo Ngulchu region on 7 May last year. Phakpa Gyaltsen, one of the protesters died in the protest while Rigzin, another protester was seriously wounded and taken to a hospital. It’s not clear whether he survived or not.
It was reported that from 9-10 May 2014, Lobsang Yeshi along with some other Tibetans continued their protest. A contingent of Chinese police and security forces arrived at the site and threatened them to end their protest. As the protesters remained adamant, leaders from Chamdo and Dzogang counties made the protesters return to their homes after talks. But on 12 May, 7 Tibetans who led the protest were forcibly taken away for detention and tortured for about one year. The detainees were later kept captivity in Chamdo.
Later in May this year, Lobsang Yeshi and two other Tibetans, Ngakta and Choeluk Tenzin, who are currently in the prison, were sentenced to 2 years in jail.
Due to severe beating in the prison, Lobsang Yeshi sustained grievous injuries and suffered dizziness as a result of poor health. Recently he was hospitalized and succumbed to his injuries on 19 July. The Chinese authorities confiscated the dead body and refused to handover to the family members despite repeated pleas from the family members.
Local Tibetans consider Lobsang Yeshi as an honest and sincere man. He has eight children and the breadwinner of the entire family.
Recently, the Chinese government refused to handover the dead body of a prominent Tibetan political prisoner, Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, to his family members causing immense resentment among the Tibetan people inside and outside Tibet.