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Tibet-Tawu-Flag-Jampa-2016Dharamshala — Latest source emerges that the arrest of Jampa Gelek, a monk from Tawu Nyatso Monastery, came after Chinese authorities reportedly found information that he might set himself on fire, to protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.

"After Gelek was taken away at around 8:30pm, May 16, another group of security officials raided his room again at around 11:00 p.m.," the source, Yama Tsering, a monk living in South India told the TPI.

According to local sources, after Jaampa Gelek was captured at night police have raided the Nyatso monastery quarters where he lived and have found a picture of his with the national flag of Tibet in the background. The TPI source that mentioned that police might have heard of him declaring that "For Tibet's Religion and Culture, I want to Self-Immolate".

"Another reason may have been that he had declared his intention to stage a self-immolation protest last year, though family members later stopped him from doing so," the local source mentioned.

Separately, a second Tibetan source with contacts in Tawu confirmed the above source's account of Gelek's detention, adding that police on searching Gelek's room had found a Free Tibet slogan written in English on a wall.

As per TPI sources he is presently being held in Chengdu Prison, about 320km from Dartsedo (Ch: Kangding) county, eastern Tibet.

Jampa Gelek, a Tibetan monk, who was a first year undergraduate of Buddhist philosophy, was arrested while walking at a stupa ground in Tawu county town, Kham region of eastern Tibet, on May 16, without giving any specific reasons.

Gelek hails from Dziya village in Tawu county (Ch: Daofu) County, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP).

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.

A total of 143 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in self-immolations protesting against Chinese oppression since the wave of fiery protests began in 2009.

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.

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

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