DHARAMSHALA: Choepa, a 24 year old Tibetan youth, set himself on fire at 10:15 am (local time) today at Meuruma, Amdo in north-eastern Tibet, protesting against the Chinese government.
Choepa is the son of Palho (father) and Madon (mother). Meuruma is a small nomadic village in Ngaba, north-eastern Tibet’s Amdo region.
Eyewitnesses said, Chinese police came to the place within seconds after the incident happened and started beating him while he was still engulfed in flames.
He was taken away by Chinese police in a military convoy. He was said to be seriously injured, therefore whether he is alive or not is still unknown. His whereabouts is also unavailable.
Since 2009, a total of 47 Tibetans have set themselves on fire for the freedom of Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.