By Kalsang Rinchen
Tashi Rabten (photo:wokar.net)
Dharamsala, November 20 – A noted Tibetan writer arrested on April 6 this year and missing since then is being held at a detention center in Barkham County, Ngaba Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, according to the Radio Free Asia
. Tashi Rabten (Pen name: Theurang) was arrested in April along with Druklo (pen name –Shokjang)
who was released in May.
Sources said authorities have not allowed anyone from his family to visit him thus far but allowed delivery of clothes and food for him recently. Sources also said that Tashi might be tried soon but little is known as to what charges he will be tried under.
16 officials from the local Public Security Bureau arrived at the Northwest Minorities University in Lanzhou and ransacked students’ rooms on April 6 this year. The officials confiscated cellular phones, laptop computers and books from the students who were shocked at the ‘breach of privacy’ by the government. “They checked our rooms, beds, books and drawers. They even took away our study materials,” a student had told our source on phone in May.
Tashi Rabten edited the banned literary magazine Shar Dungri
(Eastern Snow Mountain) on the 2008 protests in Tibet and co-authored a collection of work called “Written in Blood”.
Tashi Rabten is from Dzoege (Chinese: Ruo’ergai) county in Ngaba, Sichuan province in the Tibetan region of Kham and is due to graduate this year. “He has won great respect and popularity among students, intellectuals and ordinary readers in Tibet as an outstanding and brave young thinker,” a friend of Tashi said after he was arrested and detained for four months last year.
Referring to his recent book, “Written in Blood”, his friend said, “It consists of many valuable writings on democracy, freedom and equality. In fact, I didn’t see anything illegal in there. It’s all accurate and true.” The same source said that Tashi’s activities were strictly monitored, and copies of his book confiscated from the university.