DHARAMSHALA: Months after Tibetan poet Lobsang Namgyal’s disappearance last year, he was found detained in a prison in Chengdu, capital city of China’s Sichuan province.
Lobsang Namgyal was reported missing in May last year from his workplace Buddha Cultural Centre, where he was working as a part time employee. Sources say, he was arrested by the local Public Security Bureau from the centre on 15 May 2012. After nine months of frantic searches by his family, Chinese authorities informed his family members about his detention in Chengdu city.
The police are yet to formally press charges against Lobsang Namgyal. But they have told Lobsang’s family that he was arrested for printing “politically sensitive documents” and distributing speeches of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other political contents. Meanwhile, his family live in constant fear that he would be given a heavy sentence without any access to due legal process and a fair trial. His family were also barred from providing moral support and other basic necessities in the detention centre, the source said.
According to Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), Lobsang Namgyal was also arrested earlier in 2008 for participating in the protests that took place in Machu and other nearby Tibetan regions. He was among the six Tibetans detained from a local Nangma nightclub, they said.
Lobsang Namgyal has written a Tibetan book of poetry titled ‘Tsol” (Eng: Search) where he described the state of fellow Tibetans inside Tibet and his own dreams in life. He hails from Kongney Ruchen village in Belpan township, Machu county.