By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- Chinese authorities have sentenced a Tibetan man to 13 years jail term for allegedly helping Tibetans escape to India from Tibet.
The Tibetan man has been identified as Namdak from Kham Driru County in the Nagchu region in eastern Tibet. Along with Namdak, at least six more Tibetans from the same region were sentenced but their identities have not been known yet.
“They were missing since 2013. Nobody knew whether they were dead or alive. Now it has been revealed that they are under the Chinese government’s detention in one of the notorious prisons called Chushul near the Tibetan capital of Lhasa,” said a source.
Namdak hailed from Tsela in Meri village of Driru county. Aged around 34, he is suffering from appendicitis, but the Chinese local authorities have banned his family and relatives from visiting him over the past two years. His health condition and other information, therefore, are not known yet.
In 2013, around 30 Tibetans of Tsala township returned from India and were detained for two years in Lhasa. They were severely tortured, beaten, and applied other forms of mistreatment by the Chinese police while in jail.
Even after their release, they were banned from collecting a valuable herb called caterpillar fungus (yarsa gumba) for three years and forced into heavy construction works and re-education centers. They can’t leave the town and county without seeking permission from the Chinese authorities even today.
The Chinese authorities are often threatening Tibetans who have relatives in India. They will be banned from collecting the caterpillar fungus if they contact and send money to their relatives in India.
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