A Tibetan Man Detained after Escaping Arrest for More Than Three Years
A Tibetan man linked with protecting and transferring home the remains of a protestor who self-immolated was detained by Chinese police on 29 September after evading arrest for more than three years in Sang-chu County (Xiahe Xian), Kanlho (Gānnán) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.
Sangdhak Kyap and three others were accused of protecting and helping transfer home the remains of Thupwang Kyap, who self-immolated in protest against China’s rule in Tibet and was calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, before Chinese police could get a hold of them. While Kyap escaped arrest, the other three who aided him, Dorjee Namgyal, Jinpa, and Dorjee Tashi were arrested. Dorjee Namgyal and Jinpa were sentenced to two and a half years each and Dorjee Tashi to three years.
According to media outlets in exile, Sangdhak Kyap, 46, was arrested at around 5 p.m. local time after Chinese police raided his home in nomadic camp no. 2 of Sangkhok Township. He returned home to his wife and two children after thinking he would not be pursued any further following the release of all his associates from prison after completing their sentences.
Sangdhak Kyap is currently being held and interrogated at Wangkar Thang detention centre, about 25 km away from Labrang County. On 13 October, his family was allowed to visit him at the detention centre and bring him food, which should be boneless and not home-cooked as per the instruction given by the officials.