Chinese authorities in Tibet’s Lithang County have arrested a 26-year-old Tibetan man named Dolkar for his alleged role in a bombing incident in 2009 and putting up a cloth banner with wordings in Tibetan and Chinese calling for Tibet’s independence in 2008, Kalsang Gyaltsen, a member of Tibetan parliament said.
According to Kalsang, the Public Security Bureau (Chinese police) in Bathang County have listed Dolkar as “wanted” for his alleged involvement in the bombing of a newly built police station in Pugorshi (Ch:Bogexi), a town in the Kardze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” in Sichuan province on March 17, 2009, three days after the first anniversary of a bloody uprising in Tibet’s capital Lhasa on March 14, 2008.
No casualties were however reported from the bombing of the new police station as it was yet to be occupied.
Dolkar who had been on the run hiding in the thickly forested hills of the county since 2008 was arrested on March 22, 2011 from Machathang in Lithang County. Dolkar was immediately handed over to the Bathang County PSB.
Dolkar’s father Ahgo Tsering and mother Akyal divorced several years ago and he was taken by his mother to Beijing where he studied Chinese language.
The Bathang county authorities had been on the hunt for Dolkar whose relatives’ houses were regularly searched, said Kalsang. The PSB officials warned his relatives that they would be dealt with harshly if they helped Dolkar evade arrest, added Kalsang. “The authorities equalled severity of the Dolkar’s alleged crime with that of Tulku Tenzin Delek who is currently serving life sentence for alleged bombing incident.”
Tulku Tenzin Delek received a death sentence with a two year reprieve for “causing explosions” and “inciting separatism” in 2002 and then had his sentence commuted to life on January 26, 2005. Lobsang Dhondup, Tulku’s relative was also sentenced to death along with Tulku. However, despite huge international outcry Lobsang was executed on January 26, 2003.
The anti-China protests in 2008 that started from Lhasa on March 14, 2008 spread to Tibetan regions in all the three traditional provinces of Tibet— Utsang, Dotoe and Domed – and was the most sustained and widespread Tibetan uprising in decades.