Monks outnumbered in night-time attack
Two young monks have been admitted to hospital, to be treated for injuries sustained during an unprovoked attack.
The attack took place around 11.30pm on Saturday 30th May 2009, outside Serkong Khangtsen, in the Tibetan colony near Mundgod, Karnataka State, India.
The victims, Lobsang Damchoe and Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen, are both tulkus (reincarnate lamas) who recently enrolled at Shar Gaden Monastery. They are known in the community as followers of the protector Dorje Shugden.
The six attackers, supporters of HH Dalai Lama’s policy against the practice of Dorje Shugden, have admitted to planning and carrying out the attack. Thus far, their monastery, Gaden Jangtse, has made no comment and has given no punishment.
The attackers are also supported by the local Tibetan Representative’s office and its chairman, which themselves have wide support in the local community.
The Indian police have been informed of the attack and are currently investigating, but as yet have made no arrests.
Published: 02 Jun 2009