Norlha Ashagtsang, 49, succumbed to the after effects of torture on 27 December 2011, in Lhasa, Tibet. Ashagtsang was from Pemashang, Joda County, TAR, and he was detained along with a friend, Gonpo Dhargyal, on 27 June 2009 when they were protesting against Chinese repression in Derge. They were severely beaten by PAP and local police at the time of being detained and were later taken to Chamdo. “They were sentenced to 6 and 5 years respectively” says Geshe Monlam Tharchin, Standing committee member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
After prolonged illness due to injuries sustained from torture and beatings during detention, Ashagtsang was released on medical parole in 2011. He was taken to Chengdu for medical treatment several times but passed away on 27th December 2011. Citing a reliable source, Geshe Monlam Tharchin said ‘he succumbed to Chinese torture’.
His friend Gonpo Dhargyal was also released at around the same time as Norlha, also under Medical Parole. “Dhargyal is presently undergoing treatment, but he is paralyzed from the waist down” said Geshe Monlam Tharchin.