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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Thursday, January 8, 2004

3. Security Stepped Up Following Abbot's Death (TN)

January 08, 2004

Dharamsala, January - Security has been beefed up in the Tawu and Barkham
Counties of Karze in eastern Tibet following the passing away of Khenpo
Jigme Phuntsok, abbot of Serthar Buddhist Institute, yesterday.

Sources from Tibet say that severe restriction has been imposed in Serthar
County and Larung Gar monastery after the authorities knew that Khenpo's
body had been taken to Larung Gar monastery. The devotees are being
restricted to pay their last respects to the departed soul.

Khenpo had become a target for the Chinese authorities since 1996 when
Chinese authorities began to monitor stricter control on Larung Gar
monastery and Khenpo's movement. He was then held incommunicado in a
Hospital in Chengdu for about a year.

Khenpo's followers and close aides believe that Khenpo's heart ailment was a
result of the massive destruction of Serthar institute and brutal crackdown
on the students of the institute.

Khenpo had met His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to India in

Meanwhile, some former students of Serthar institute residing here have
appealed to the Kashag to work towards urging the international community to
send medical teams to Tibet to probe into the death of Khenpo.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Tibetans becoming a minority in Tibet: Dalai Lama (IANS)
  2. Dalai Lama favours a meaningful dialogue to solve Tibet problem (UNI)
  3. Security Stepped Up Following Abbot's Death (TN)
  4. Charismatic Tibetan Buddhist Leader Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Passes Away (ICT)
  5. Buddhist Teacher Phuntsok Dead at 70 (AP)
  6. Candle Light Vigil in front of the Norwegian Parliament by SFT Norway

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