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Tibetan tries to self immolate in Himachal

Naresh K Thakur , Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, March 10, 2013
First Published: 16:17 IST(10/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:39 IST(11/3/2013)

A Tibetan youth’s bid to self immolation was foiled by local police on Sunday at Dharamsala town where hundreds of Tibetan had gathered for a protest rally to mark the 54th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day.

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The Tibetan national has been identified as Dawa Dhondup (30), a roadside vendor who was participating in protest march called by various Tibetan organisations, including the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC).

According to Police constable, Sanjeev Kumar, who was eyewitness to the incident, Dhondup, 30, was marching with hundreds of Tibetan exiles through the streets of Dharamsala, , when he consumed and poured gasoline over himself. He was subsequently overpowered by TYC activists and the police and was immediately rushed to the local hospital.

The incident took place around 12.15pm when the protest march was about to conclude.

Meanwhile, confirming the incident, Kangra Superintendent of Police (SP) Balbir Thakur said, " A Tibetan tried to set himself on fire near the police ground Dharamsala and his attempt was foiled by the police. A case of attempt to sucide has been registered under the section 309 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Dhundup.”

He told that Dhondup was referred to Dr. Rajendera Prasad Medical College, Tanda at Kangra from civil hospital Dharamsala after first aid, where he is undergoing treatment.

Since 2009, as many as 107 known Tibetans have self- immolated for freedom of Tibet and return of spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Most of these fiery protests have been reported inside Tibet. In March last year, Tawu Jamphel Yeshi a TYC activist had immolated himself in Delhi during a protest against the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India. Yeshi was cremated in Dharamsala.

Time and again China has accused the Dalai Lama and exile Central Tibetan Administration of inciting the self-immolations, a charge the religious leader and exile leadership denies.

The Dalai Lama and his followers fled Tibet after a failed uprising against China's communist rule in 1959 and took refuge in India. The 1959 Tibetan Rebellion began on 10 March 1959, when a revolt erupted in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, which had been under the effective control of the Communist Party of China. The anniversary of the uprising is observed by Tibetan exiles as the Tibetan Uprising Day.

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