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Another self-immolation in Tibet

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, January 19, 2013
First Published: 18:49 IST(19/1/2013) | Last Updated: 18:56 IST(19/1/2013)

In a protest against China’s repressive policies in Tibet, one more Tibetan reportedly set himself on fire on Friday at Khyungchu, Nagba and died on the spot.

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A Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) official told that the self-immolator had been identified as Tsering Phuntsok, a resident of Drachen Yultso village in Khyungchu, Ngaba in the north-eastern Tibet. 

"Tsering Phuntsok set himself on fire in front of the local Chinese police station in Drachen village of Khyungchu region,” told the official adding that he passed away at the site of his protest.

"Tsering Phuntsok also known as Dupchok, has been survived by his wife and two daughters," the official said.

He told that Chinese security personnel arrived at the scene and bundled away Tsering Phuntsok’s body to Barkham.

This is the second self-immolation protest in Tibet since the beginning of the new year. In 2012, as many as 82 Tibetans set themselves on fire demanding freedom and return of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama from exile. Since 2009, a total of 98 Tibetans have set themselves on fire.


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