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Jamphel Yeshi to be given martyr's funeral

india Updated: Mar 29, 2012 19:44 IST
Naresh Kumar
Naresh Kumar
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Jamphel Yeshi- who self immolated himself on March 26 in Delhi protesting against the visit of China president to India would be given a martyr funeral in Dharamsala after officials of Central Tibetan Association (CTA) and common Tibetans pay homage to him.

Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) activists who are bringing Yeshi's body to Dharamsala would be arriving at Dharamsala on Friday morning.

"Martyr Jamphel Yeshi's body would be kept in Tsuglakhang Temple where people from Tibetan community and CTA officials would pay tribute to the brave son of Tibet," said an CTA official.

Meanwhile, a special prayer session organized by TYC to express solidarity with those who made their supreme sacrifice for Tibetan freedom movement would be held at Tsugalkhang Temple.

The prayer session would be attended by CTA officials, cabinet ministers of Tibetan government in exile and common people. However, sources told that Tibetan Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama would not attend the prayer session while Tibetan prime minister in exile, Lobsang Sangay who is in Delhi would also be absent.

Vice-President, TYC, Dhondup Lhadar, said Jamphel Yeshi's sacrifice will be written in golden letters in the annals of Tibetan freedom struggle.

"He will live on to inspire and encourage the future generations of Tibetans. The brilliant radiance of his fire will dispel the darkness of China's illegal occupation of Tibet and regenerate the spirit of Tibetan independence," said Lhadar.
Lhadar told Thupten Ngodup was the first known Tibetan to have self-immolated in Tibetan freedom struggle during an indefinite hunger strike organised by TYC in New Delhi in 1998.

"In Tibet, since Martyr Tapey's self-immolation in 2009, 30 Tibetans have set their bodies on fire demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibet. Pawo Jamphel Yeshi's self-immolation marks a milestone in our freedom struggle where Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet stand ever united in our fights against the Chinese occupying forces," Lhadar said.
Informing about the life of Yeshi, Lhadar said Born in Kham Tawu, Martyr Jamphel Yeshi escaped to India in 2006 and studied at the Tibetan Transit School in Dharamshala for nearly three and a half years.

"Martyr Jamphel Yeshi has been living in Delhi for the last two years and has actively participated in many of the political activities organised by the TYC and other organizations," Lhadar said.

With full stately honour, TYC will carry the body of Pawo Jamphel Yeshi to the Tibetan exile headquarters of Dharamshala and hold a grand funeral deserving of a martyr.

Dharamsala police beefed up security in Mcleodganj
Meanwhile, Dharamsala police has beefed up security in the Mcleodganj town- the headquarter of Tibetan Government in Exile to avoid any untoward incident during the Jampehel Yeshi's funeral.

"We are keeping a close vigil on the activities of Tibetan people as the issue is very sensitive. Some plain cloth police personnel have been deployed in Mcleodganj who will be reporting each and every thing happening in the town to the police administration," said Additional Superintendent of Police, Kangra G Shiva Kumar.

He said extra force has been summoned from battalion and would be deployed in Mcleodganj to avoid any problematic incident.