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Police let off Chinese man who mowed down 3 Tibetan students

Relatives and friends call for justice in the deaths of Tibetan students mowed down by car, Sept. 26, 2014. (Photo courtesy: RFA)
Relatives and friends call for justice in the deaths of Tibetan students mowed down by car, Sept. 26, 2014. (Photo courtesy: RFA)

(TibetanReview.net, Oct02, 2014) – In a stark display of gross ethnic discrimination, police in Chagzam (Chinese: Luding) County of Karze (Ganzi) Prefecture, Sichuan Province, have cleared the son of a Chinese hotel owner who mowed down three Tibetan girl students with his car; police have also destroyed vital evidences by cremating the Tibetans’ bodies, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Sep 30. The incident occurred on Sep 25 after a group of four Tibetan girl students disputed with the hotel’s restaurant for overcharging them.

As the girls then left the restaurant, the son of the hotel owner followed and drove his car over them, leaving three of them dead and the fourth one seriously injured.

The girls, whose detailed identities could not be ascertained immediately, belonged to Gyamo Tsawa Rong in Kardze’s Rongtrag (Danba) County; they were staying in the hotel in Chagzam County while they sat for examinations for government jobs.

Police conducted a totally biased investigation of the case, ignoring the eyewitness account of the surviving victim and accepting as totally correct the self-exculpatory tale of the assailant’s father.

Friends hold photos of Tibetan students mowed down by car, Sept. 26, 2014. (Photo courtesy: RFA)
Friends hold photos of Tibetan students mowed down by car, Sept. 26, 2014. (Photo courtesy: RFA)

When the families of the victims asked for the return of the dead girls’ bodies, the police told them they had already been cremated.

Following this development, family members of the victims staged a silent vigil in front of the local government offices, displaying placards, to demand justice.

The report cited a local Tibetan source as saying that a police report on the case issued on Sep 26 at a public meeting contained glaring contradictions from witness accounts. For example, the police report did not mention a second person present in the car which had hit and killed the three Tibetan students.

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