Tibet : Chinese security personnel killed two Tibetans
Chinese security personnel hunted down and killed two Tibetans who suffered bullet wounds in the January 23 protests in Drango.The two have been identified as Yeshi Rigsel, 40 and Yeshi Samdup, 38.Yeshi Rigsel had suffered bullet injuries to his arm on January 23 in Drango when Chinese security personnel opened fire on unarmed Tibetans.At least five Tibetans are dead and over 30 seriously injured in the police firings.The two brothers, Yeshi Rigsel and Yeshi Samdup had fled Drango town after the protests and were hiding in the mountains.The police had been on the look out for all the protesters in the near by areas, knowing that the ones nursing bullet injuries won’t be able to run for long.
After days of manhunt, the Chinese police tracked down the two brothers in the near by mountains and killed both of them at around 9.30 am local time.
The two deceased brothers belonged to a nomadic family from Norpa, near Drango.
Protests in Drango flared up the first day of Chinese new year, after local Chinese Public Security Bureau officials began to arbitrarily arrest Tibetans on suspicion of their involvement in the appearance of leaflets and posters around the town warning of more Tibetan self-immolations if the Chinese government did not listen to Tibetan concerns.
The unarmed protesters, many of whom were farmers and nomads raised slogans calling for freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama.
As the protests grew stronger, the Public Security Bureau and People's Armed Police intervened by using guns to rein in the protesters.
Earlier information had confirmed the death of Norpa Yonten and another unnamed Tibetan.
Following the protest, the entire region was placed under an undeclared martial law with police arresting 100 Tibetans from Drango on suspicion of their participation in the mass protests.