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Family traces detained kin in Drapchi

June 21, 2010

By Kalsang Rinchen
June 17, 2010 22:54]

Dharamsala, June 17 -- A Tibetan man arrested
last month from the Tibetan capital Lhasa is
believed to be held in Drapchi prison, the Voice
of Tibet radio reported citing his younger
brother. Family members and relatives of Samdup
Gyatso, 28, made efforts to locate him since his
arrest on May 1 this year for staging a protest
against the Chinese government's handling of the
Kyegudo earthquake relief funds. They knew his
whereabouts on June 13, according to Samdup's younger brother Tenpa Dhargyal.

Dhargyal said his brother had been tortured in
prison and is in poor physical condition. He said
his brother's initial plan was to hold his
protest on the birthday of the Panchen Lama on April 25.

On May 1, Samdup shouted anti government slogans
at a busy Tsuglakhang where many Tibetans had
gathered for religious activities. "Invite the
Dalai Lama to Tibet, “release the Panchen Lama, ”
he chanted. He demanded “proper allocation and
delivery of earthquake relief materials and funds
received from international donors to the much
needed nomadic communities in Kyegudo." He was
immediately nabbed by the Public Security Bureau officials and taken away.

Samdup Gyatso was born in a nomad family in
Haiyan County, Tsochang (Ch: Haibei) "Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture" (‘TAP’) in Qinghai
Province. He was a former student of Sherab
Gatsel Lobling, a Transit School for newly
arrived adult Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala.
Samdup came into exile in November 2007 and
studied for a year at Sherab Gatsel Lobling School.

In March 2008, he returned to Tibet via
Tibet-Nepal border of Dram and was arrested for
carrying several books of speeches by the Dalai
Lama who is reviled by China as a "separatist,"
and subsequently detained at Shigatse PSB
Detention Centre for a month. He was later
shifted to Drapchi Prison where he spent six
months. He went back to his hometown after his
release from prison in October 2008.
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