In less than two weeks, a third case of self-immolation has been reported from Tibet in which a Tibetan man, reportedly grandfather of the 7th Gunthang Rinpche, died.
A Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) official said that a Tibetan man died after setting himself on fire in protest against the Chinese government near Tsoe Monastery at Tsoe in north-eastern Tibet's Kanlho prefecture, Gansu Province.
"Tamdin Dorjee, 52, set himself on fire on Saturday afternoon. His body was later taken to his home, following which a prayer service was conducted by monks at Tsoe Monastery," said the official, adding that local Tibetans were visiting his home to pay their last respects.
"The Chinese government has sealed off the monastery by deploying a large of number of paramilitary forces in and around the monastery," said the official.
He said, "Tamdin Dorjee is reportedly the grandfather of 7th Gunthang Rinpoche, who is one of the most revered religious leaders in north-eastern Tibet's Amdo province."
"This is the third self-immolation incident in Tsoe after Dolkar Tso, 26, and Sangay Gyatso, 27, set themselves on fire and died on August 7 and October 6 respectively," said the official.
Till now 55 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since February 2009, out which 45 died.