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20 january 2012 005Dharamshala: - January 20: Following Phuntsok's self-immolation in March last year, Kelsang, 42 was one of the many Tibetans who got detained in the Ngaba region of eastern Tibet.

Kelsang, otherwise known as Gonkar, age 42, of the Tragyaltsang household in Tangwama, Trotsik township, Ngaba county, one of those arrested in the protests following Losang Puntsok's self-immolation protest on March 16th2011, and has been in detention for the intervening 9 months, denied visits by family and relatives.

It has recently been learned that he was sentenced in secret to 3 years imprisonment on January 8th and taken, without even informing his family members, to a prison in the ianyang area in Sichuan. His family only found out some days later.


Also, the 26 year old son of the Bakchungtsang household in Namda village in Rong Kokpo township was arrested and detained in November 2011 on suspicion of making contact with foreign countries. His place of detention has not been ascertained.

Similarly, Kirti monk Losang Tashi, age 26, of the Kunetsang house in division 2 of Kharsar township was arrested for the same reason by officers from Sichuan provincial State security Bureau in November 2011. He is presumed to be in Chengdu, but nothing more is known of his situation.

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