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Tibet-Tsewang-ChoephelDharamshala — Emerging sources report that Chinese police arrested one Tibetan monk, Tsewang Choephel, on May 18th, 2015.

A source from Switzerland told the Tibet Post that in the Kham region of Tibet in the town of Kucha, Tsewang Choepal was arrested on May 18th at 10:30 am. Allegedly Tsewang Choepal was arrested on a highway near town as he was driving a motorcycle, and held on unknown charges.

Tsewang Choephel is a monk at Nyatso Monastery in Kham Tawu County. Upon questioning at the police station, regarding the reason for his arrest, local people reported that on December 23, 2014, Kalsang Yeshe self-immolated at Nyatso Monastery.

Police claim that when they arrived at the scene, Tsewang Choepal resisted and hit officers, leading to his current arrest, the sources said speaking on condition of anonymity.

However, local sources question the legitimacy of police claims, as Choepal is known to be active in political activity and disliked by police, which could be the true reason for his arrest.

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