With no let-up in tensions surrounding the tragic situation in Tibet, a Tibetan reportedly died after setting himself on fire in Ngaba County on Saturday.
According to reports, Shichung, 41, set himself on fire and ran from his house towards the main road before collapsing. He succumbed to his burns and passed away at the site of protest,” said an official of the Central Tibet Administration (CTA).
Referring to sources in Tibet, the official said following Shichung's self-immolation, local Tibetans tried to take the body to his home, but were confronted by the Chinese security personnel, who were already stationed for the Man-sTon festival.
“The locals did manage to take the body to his home, but the authorities eventually confiscated the body and drove with it towards Ngaba County,” said the official.
He said the local Tibetans of Gomang Thawa township gathered for the religious festival called Man-sTon and Shichung had just returned to his home after the programme. Shichung is survived by his wife and two children.
Since 2009, as many as 121 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in Tibet calling for freedom in Tibet and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile.
Meanwhile, exiled NGOs, Tibetan Youth Congress and Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) held a candlelight vigil at McLeodganj to express solidarity with the self-immolator and protest against China's repressive policies in Tibet.