Secret local source reported to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) that the incident took place at 9 am (Tibet time) on 1 October when Tenzin, for unknown reasons, was arrested by local security officers. Since then, family members enquired the Public Security Bureau officers about Tenzin's whereabouts, however were not able to get any information.
According to the same source, a local Tibetans guessed that Tenzin Sherab's arrest could be due to his participation in the protest on 8 February 2012. The latter protest, where monks from Zilkar monastery and other local Tibetans took part, ended in three arrests. Lobsang Nyima, Lobsang Samten and Sonam Gewa were sentenced up to two years of imprisonment. Trials were held at the Intermediate People's Court at Siling without the presence of monks' families.
Tenzin Sherab was known in town as diligent student as well as having strong sense of Tibetan identity. He grew up with seven siblings in Mr Jamchoe and Mrs Pema Dekyi's family in Dharmar village.
This is not the first unrest in Nyatso Zilkar monastery as on 1 September 2012 armed police forces carried a raid. Number of monks were beaten and five of them disappeared after the incident.