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China Jails Two Kirti Monks


China sentenced two monks of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County of Sichuan Province to 3 years in jail, according to Kanyag Tsering, an exiled monk living in India.

Lobsang Dhargay, 31, was jailed for his involvement in the protest in Lhasa in March 2008, said Tsering. Kunchok Tsultrim, 33, Kirti monastery’s storekeeper was reported to be arrested in raids after March 16, 2011, the day that saw a Tibetan monk named Phuntsok immolate self in protest against China's control of Tibet.

The police and the paramilitary police were reported to be continuing to watch the monastery. The police were reported to have forcibly occupied a residential compound built with funds arranged by a monk named Tenpa Yarphel for elderly monks and scripture teachers for use as their station.

Around 300 monks were forced into military trucks and taken to unknown location on April 21, 2011 and two elderly Tibetans among a group camped near the monastery were beaten to death while they tried to stop Chinese security forces from taking the monks away.

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