As tension prevails in Tibet’s Ngaba region, particularly in Ngaba Kriti monastery, reports have emerged of several arrests including a monk named Lobsang Dhargye, 31, of Kirti monastery on April 11, 2011, a reliable source told phayul. The sources said several people were arrested on Friday but details could not be confirmed yet.
The Chinese authorities on Wednesday said no monk would be allowed to leave the monastery premises until Chinese government’s Work Team officials finished their job, added the source. “They (Chinese officials) told the monks that whether the Work Team would finish off their job soon would depend on how the monks complied to the patriotic reeducation,” the source said.
On April 14, officials from the Ngaba Prefecture United Work Front Department had a meeting with a few monks of Kirti monastery, said the source. “The monks put before them (the UFWD officials) their concerns and several issues including the forced closure of a school run by Kirti monastery in April 2008 but officials had not responded,” he said.
The situation in Ngaba is reportedly tense even after four days since Chinese government’s additional troops being brought into Ngaba Kirti monastery had confrontation with the local Tibetan civilians trying to stop the troops from entering the monastery on Tuesday. Sources said two elderly women have been injured seriously after Chinese troops indiscriminately beat up Tibetans and let loose police dogs upon them.
The situation around Kirti Monastery, one of the most prominent monasteries in Ngaba region, has remained tense following the death of a Tibetan monk Phuntsok, who set himself ablaze in protest on March 16 – marking 3 years since Chinese armed forces cracked down heavily on Tibetan protesters in the region in 2008.
The head of Kirti monasteries, the Tenth Kirti Kyabgon or Kirti Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin Jigmey Yeshi Gyatso Pal Sangpo, who lives in exile here has on Wednesday urged the Tibetan populace of Ngaba and monks of his monastery to remain calm and peaceful.