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Trio gets life sentence for Oct 2015 Dharamshala murder of a Tibetan youth

Tsultrim Chokden.
Tsultrim Chokden.

(TibetanReview.net, Dec06, 2017) – Three local Indian youths were given life sentence on Dec 1 by the Sessions judge Sharad Kumar Lagwal of the Kangra District and Sessions Court, over two year after they murdered a Tibetan youth in Mcleod Ganj town, Dharamshala. The victim had objected to the assailants’ eve-teasing of a Tibetan girl he was walking with after having dinner in a restaurant.

Besides life imprisonment, the judge imposed on the convicts Kailash Kumar, Mahesh Kumar and Rinku Kumar a fine of Rs 50,000 each.

In the night of Oct 30, 2015, a Tibetan youth named Tsultrim Chokden, 29, was walking home through the town street with a Tibetan girl after a restaurant dinner when the couple was accosted by the youths. In the ensuing exchange, the Tibetan youth was stabbed multiple times and died on the spot. He had arrived from Tibet in 2003 and was pursuing studies.

The case aroused outrage among the local Tibetans and its progress was keenly followed by the community. Those present in court at the time of the pronouncement of the verdict included representatives from various Tibetan organizations, including Student for Free Tibet, Tibetan Women Association, Tibetan Youth Congress, Gu Chu Sum, Chu Shi Gang Druk and National Democratic Party (NDPT). The Tibetan settlement officer and Dharamshala Municipal Councilor Mr Dawa Rinchen and exile Tibetan parliament MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar were also present, reported timesofindia.com and other reports Dec 3.

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