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Jampa-Gelek-Tibet-Tawu-2016Dharamshala — A Tibetan monk, was arrested in Tawu county town, Kham region of eastern Tibet, on May 16, without giving any specific reasons.

"Jampa Gelek, a 23-year-old Tibetan monk was arrested by Chinese police, on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 8.24pm, while walking at a stupa ground," Sonam, a Tibetan living in exile told the TPI.

His current whereabouts and condition are unknown. The reason for his arrest is also not known, the TPI source said, citing local contacts. No other details were immediately available.

Gelek hails from Dziya village in Tawu county (Ch: Daofu) County, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP). He is a first year undergraduate doing his studies in Buddhist philosophy.

Tawu and the Nyatso monastery are centres of resistance to Chinese repressive rule. Several self-immolation protests have taken place across the County.

Chinese authorities have tightened controls in a bid to check self-immolation protests, arresting and jailing Tibetans linked to the self-immolation protests.

They also have stepped up the establishment of police stations in monasteries as part of their mechanisms of surveillance and control in recent years.

Nyitso monastery is located within Tawu county town and is populated by more than 200 monks (prior to the Cultural Revolution nearly 2,000 monks are believed to have been based in this area). It has more than 400 years of history and is recognized as a protected heritage site in the region.

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