Tortured Tibetan political prisoner dies in Tibet

Jampa a Tibetan political prisoner of the Chinese government for 15 years has died after sustaining serious injuries due to torture in Drapchi and Chushul prisons by Chinese security officials,said a spokesman of the Tibetan government in exile based in Dharamsala in northern India.

The spokesman said Jampa was arrested in 1996 after a crackdown in the Sera,Gaden and Drepung monasteries.

Chinese officials had allegedly forced patriotic re-education of the monks asking Buddhist monks to remove the Dalai Lama’s portrait from the monastery.

This was defied by the monks after which many of them were arrested including Jampa.They were tortured,alleged the spokesman of the Tibetan government in exile.

“Even though Jhampa was finally released on 6 May this year he died 17 days later as every medication failed to recover him,” the spokesman said.

Like Jampa,another monk Tenzin Yeshi of the Gaden monastery was also arrested in 1996 and tortured.He died recently after being released from prison.

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