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Police question kins of Ragya monk who killed self, 3 detainees identified

March 26, 2009

By Kalsang Rinchen
March 25, 2009

Dharamsala March 25 - Three of the four monks
arrested along with the monastic prefect of Ragya
monastery, Palden Gyatso, on Sunday were
identified as Soepa, aged 42; Gyaltsen, aged 34; and Jamyang Khedup, aged 27.

Jamyang Tenzin, a former monk of Ragya monastery
who now lives here, told Phayul that they were
arrested on suspicion of leading the protests on March 21.

Authorities have told the administration of the
monastery the monks are currently held in Ragya
and will be released soon, according to Tenzin.

Tenzin added that some civilians were also
arrested on Saturday when thousands of Tibetans
took to the streets following the suicide of
Tashi Sangpo of Ragya monastery. One of them was
identified as Yanglo, aged 54, but details of others could not be obtained.

Meanwhile, around 50 people including family
members, relatives and friends of Tashi Sangpo
were being questioned at a police station located
some 2 kilometres from Ragya monastery, Tenzin said.

Chinese troops in strong numbers have been called
from Golok and Xining after thousands of angry
Tibetans came out on streets follwoing the reported suicide of Tashi Sangpo.

Ragya is divided into an upper region and lower
region, which the locals call Yaphuk and Maphuk.
Troops have been currently stationed in both
these regions, according to the source.
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