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tswang-dakpaDharamshala: - Confirmed reports coming out of Tibet say a Tibetan political prisoner released after serving a 5-year prison sentence for participating in the 2008 protest against Chinese repressive rule over Tibet.

According to sources, Tsewang Dakpa, a 27-year old monk of Jangang Monastery in Drakgo along with two others who participated in 2008 mass protest in Drakgo, Kham region of eastern Tibet, were arrested by Chinese authorities on June 6th in 2008, in Drakgo county of eastern Tibet for allegedly protesting against the Chinese rule.

"Tsewang was released on June 5, 2013 after completing five years of imprisonment and is also reported to be in a very serious health condition and his hand reportedly damaged as a result of treatment he received in the Chinese jail " Norbu, a Tibetan living in Australia told The Tibet Post International (TPI), citing sources in the region.

"Tsewang Dakpa, Thupten Gyatso and Jangchub Nyima – had been sentenced to five, four and three-year jail terms, respectively, in 2008 in Sichuan's capital Chengdu for allegedly political offences; taking part in protests at Drakgo County of Karze Prefecture on Jun 6, 2008," Ngawang Chenrab, a monk from Drepung Monastery in South India told TPI.

"The monks shouted slogans calling for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans before security forces set upon them, kicking and punching them and using electric rods. All three were severely injured and later taken to the county hospital," said the sources.

Sources stated that three monks who staged a demonstration in front of the Drakgo County government offices on Jun 6, 2008, were transferred to Miyang prison after their sentences.

Tsewang Dakpa is from Jangthang township, Yarde area in Drakgo County, Sichuan Province, Thupten Gyatso (age still unknown) is a native of Tawu County in Darze County, and Jangchub Nyima, 27, from Dzatoe County of Kyegudho (Ch: Yushu/Jiegu) Prefecture in Qinghai Province.

During the mass protests in all parts of Tibet, in 2008, more than 200 Tibetans were killed and thousands jailed or just disappeared.

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