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16 august 2012 001Dharamshala: Chinese New Year 2012 proved to be not a very joyous event, with protests breaking out in Tibet. On 23 January 2012, locals from Miruma township of Ngaba County, Amdo region, east Tibet staged a protest during the New Year celebrations.

A 33 year old man named Logya recently received a four year prison sentence, after being accused and then found guilty of leading the protest with holding up a photograph of His Holiness.

Soon after the protest was broken up by officials, Logya, Choepa and other majorly known protestors fled the site and went into hiding. The Chinese police were on the lookout for them, when Logya was found and arrested in Myima Township of Machu County, Amdo region.

He was first detained for a few months in Bakham County, the center of Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous region (TAR).

After he was found guilty of the charges brought against him, he was sentenced to four years imprisonment in Menying prison, Sichuan province.

At the time of his hearing his family was kept in the dark about the charges and his sentence term.

Tsering, also known as Dhugker, was taken into custody with Logya. He was given a two year sentence in Bakham County for giving Logya asylum. Tsering's health condition and further where-abouts still remain unclear.

Logya's sister Jampa (38) was also arrested at the time of the Chinese New Year protests. She was tortured for a month before her release. A source said that her injuries were so severe, that she still suffered from them and was unable to leave her house.

Logya, son of Zugpo and Rigle, is a part of the Palden family and is missed by his three children, wife and in-laws.

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