DHARAMSHALA: Reports coming out of Tibet say a Tibetan monk of Kirti monastery self-immolated in Ngaba in north-eastern Tibet yesterday.
Lobsang Tsultrim, 21, set himself on fire while shouting slogans demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet on the street in Ngaba town at around 5:05 pm. Special armed police stationed there knocked him down while trying to douse the flame and bundled him off to the town hospital. After keeping him for about half an hour in the hospital he was taken to an unknown location.
One eyewitness said Lobsang Tsultrim did not die on the spot, adding that he did not hear the wordings of many slogans that the monk shouted while leaping in flame.
Lobsang Tsultrim joined Kirti Monastery at a young age. He was among those monks of Kirti monastery who were arrested and severely beaten by the Chinese security forces in 2008.
The Central Tibetan Administration reiterates its appeal to the Chinese government to address the underlying causes which are pushing Tibetans to set themselves on fire.
Since 2009, 45 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in Tibet demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his people and freedom in Tibet.