By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Oct 2: A Tibetan man named Ngodup Tsering has reportedly died after Chinese authorities arrested him on Sept. 28 for allegedly visiting and providing food and edibles to an old age home in Dartsedo County in the so-called Sichuan province. A source told Tibet Times that the Chinese police reportedly beat the man so severely at the local police station that resulted in his death the following day. In a most bizarre allegation, the police saw Ngodup’s visit to the elderly home as an insult to the Chinese government officials responsible for taking care of the elderly.
The police reportedly derided the accused of undermining the help of the officials by “providing food and other necessities to the elders” and said that he is an “outsider”. The authorities further tortured him for exhibiting “improper facial expressions” and later making him so weak that he was unable to stand, as per the report. Ngodup died at the police station the following morning. The deceased drove a taxi for a living to support his family which includes his 78-year-old mother Lhakyi, his wife Yutso and two children. There is also no information as to whether Ngodup’s body has been handed over to the family following his death in custody.
In the month of August, another man named Chugdar in Serthar County was killed whilst detained at a police station, reportedly due to excessive beating during a torture session by policemen. A group of five had been detained by the authorities in connection with organizing religious activities; Chugdar, Gelo, Tsedo, Bhamo and Kori from Khakor Township in Kardze Tibet Autonomous Prefecture.
The family of Chugdar, 52, was informed by the police that he had died in detention two days after the arrest. The source, who chose to remain anonymous, told Tibet Watch that he did not have any pre-existing illnesses which could have caused such an immediate death.