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TYC dupes Indian police; replaces hunger strikers with volunteers

August 15, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
August 13, 2008

New Delhi, August 13 -- Tibetan Youth Congress replaced the six men
on hunger strike with volunteers late in the evening yesterday
causing much confusion among Indian police who took the healthy men
to the hospital instead. It was said to have begun in the afternoon
after a routine check by a doctor who announced Phuntsok Tenzin very
critical. Medical treatment was declined by the TYC which led the
Indian Government to deploy around 400 police officials and
authorities in plain clothes around 21:15 last night.

Before the police could get to the makeshift tent housing the six
frail men, TYC replaced them with volunteers who pretended to be the
second batch. The actual six men stood near the beds and even walked
around to avoid suspicion.

Phuntsok Tenzin gets a back rub to relieve his back ache. (Photo by
Tenzin Dasel/
The authorities mistaking the six men for the hunger strikers carried
them to the hospital and put them under medical care. The second
batch was taken to an undisclosed location where they spent the night
and was brought back to Jantar Mantar early this morning.

Sonam Samdup, one of the hunger strikers from the second batch was
detained by police in the confusion and left outside the hospital
after mistaking him for a volunteer. He was later taken away by TYC.

According to President Tsewang Rigzin, " Police came all of a sudden
to detain the hunger strikers and take them to hospital. We replaced
them with six other men who are now undergoing medical treatment. The
hunger strikers were removed and relocated last night. They were
brought back to the site this morning."

The Indian police, now aware of the incident is said to descend on
them again tonight, the eight day of the indefinite fast without food
and water.
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