Tibetan refugee self-immolates, dies in Kathmandu

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
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  • Updated: Aug 06, 2013 10:37 IST

A Tibetan refugee died after setting himself on fire in Kathmandu on Tuesday morning.

Police say the unidentified man set himself on fire at 7:45 am within premises of Bouddhanath Stupa, a sacred Buddhist site where many Tibetan refugees reside.

Residents and police personnel managed to douse the flames and rushed him to Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital where he was declared dead.

Reports quoting police officials say that the victim was mentally unstable and the death might not have any connection to self-immolation deaths by Tibetans in their homeland and outside.

This is the second case of self-immolation by Tibetan refugees in Nepal this year. In February another Tibetan refugee had died after setting himself on fire in the same area.

It is worth mentioning that to prevent any such incident and put a check on anti-China activities by Tibetan refugees Nepal Police had installed 35 CCTV cameras around the shrine last month.

Nepal follows a ‘One-China’ policy and in recent years it has imposed a clampdown on the nearly 20,000 Tibetan refugees who live here following pressure from Beijing.


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