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Indian Police Release Detained Tibetan Hunger Strikers in Delhi

Tibetan Youth Congress executive members on a hunger strike protest
The three executive members of Tibetan Youth Congress [TYC] who were detained six hours after the inauguration of hunger strike by Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Member of Indian Parliament and Vice President of BJP at Jantar Mantar, have been released by the Delhi area police today.

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On their release, Dhondup Lhadar, Penpa Tsering, and Jigme Sholpa were advised not to continue their hunger strike in the night as the supreme court has passed an order to ban strikes in Jantar mantar area after dark.

"The Additional Commissioner of Delhi Police advised us either to go home or get detained after dark." says, Konchok Yangphel, coordinator of TYC after the release of three hunger strikers.

"But the TYC hunger strikers decided not to leave for home after dark." said Yangphel when asked about their decision.

Konchok Yangphel also said the visit of Chinese Defense Minister to Delhi has pressured India to ban the hunger strike.

"Whatever may be the explanation of police given to us, there certainly is a pressure of Chinese Defence Minister's visit to New Delhi," he said.

The TYC has a history of carrying out hunger strikes to protest Chinese rule in Tibet.