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HindustanTimes Wed,20 Aug 2014

World

Tibetan refugee who self-immolated succumbs to burns
Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, February 14, 2013
First Published: 13:42 IST(14/2/2013)
Last Updated: 13:44 IST(14/2/2013)

The Tibetan refugee who set himself afire after pouring petrol over his body in Kathmandu succumbed to severe burn injuries late on Wednesday night, police confirmed on Thursday.

“The person died at 10:30 pm while undergoing treatment at the Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital,” Nepal Police spokesperson Keshav Adhikari told HT.

No one has yet come forward to claim the body of the refugee who sustained over 90% burn injuries before police personnel could douse the flames and rush him to hospital.

The incident was the 100th reported case of self-immolation by Tibetans in Tibet and outside since February 2009 and coincided with centenary of the declaration of Tibet’s independence by the 13th Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile security remained tight in Boudhanath Stupa, the religious site where the incident took place, and also around the Chinese embassy and visa offices in Kathmandu on Thursday to prevent any fallout.

A report in www.phayul.com mentions of a secret candlelight vigil and prayers by Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu on Wednesday night to express solidarity with those who have self-immolated till date.


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