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A Tibetan exile returnee freed, 2 monks quit over alleged spying

February 2, 2010

February 2, 2010

Dharamsala, Febuary 1 -- A Tibetan monk arrested
in September last year in the Tibetan capital
Lhasa has returned home in Tsolho Tibet
Autonomous Prefecture after his release a week
ago, sources in exile told the Voice of Tibet radio service.

Jamyang Chodrak was arrested after he returned to
Tibet from India where he spent eight years
studying at Drepung Gomang Monastery in
Karnataka, India. He had formerly studied at the
Lutsang monastery in Mangra County, Tsolho Tibet Autonomous Prefecture.

In another incident, two monks of Lutsang
Monastery in Mangra County had to quit the
monastery after they were reportedly found spying
for the Chinese government authorities. Sources
in exile have told the Voice of Tibet radio
service that the government authorities are
luring monks into revealing information on
monasteries and activities of the monks.

Dokru Tsultrim, a former resident of Mangra
County who now lives here said his sources say
that the government authorities have informers in
other monasteries in the region as well.

109 monks of Lutsang monastery were arrested in
February last year for carrying out a peaceful
protest march from Lamo Yongzin Phodrang (spelled
as pronounced) to the Mangra county government
headquarters on the first day of the Tibetan new
year (Losar) in 2009. The monks were taken to a
school where they were subjected to severe
patriotic reeducation campaign. 103 monks were later released.
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