Tibetan man dies after setting himself ablaze in McLeod Ganj -Updated
Phayul - July 29, 2017 17:56By Tenzin Monlam
DHARAMSHALA, July 29: A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire at the Lhagyal Ri, a place where people gather to invoke the deities through incense ceremony and also circumambulate for linkor. The fiery act took place around 3PM local time.
A picture of a charred body among bushes is being circulated on Facebook, reportedly of the person who self immolated.
It is not known if the Tibetan man has said anything before or during his act. Police have arrived at the scene and details about him will be updated as and when confirmed information is put out.
This is the second instance of self immolation by Tibetan exiles this year. A Tibetan student of Central University for Tibetan Studies, Tenzin Choeying, died on July 22 following his self immolation on July 14.
According to an eyewitness, Tenzin Dorjee said, “His body was already on flame when I came across the spot where he had set himself on fire. I called for help and by the time I came back the fire had engulfed his whole body and was impossible to subdue.”
He immediately contacted one of his friends, who informed the office of Tibetan Youth Congress and Dharamshala Tibetan Settlement Officer, Dawa Rinchen for help.
“I was in no state of mind to take any picture of him self-immolating himself as I was startled and taken aback seeing him on fire,” Dorjee said.
At the crime scene the police found a red bag consisting of an umbrella, around 800 INR, Tibetan national flag and a paper-sheet with a phone number, which belonged to a local cable operator. The police also found three bottles of fuel at the spot.
According to another eyewitness, who does not wish to be named said that she saw him on the spot and had apparently consume kerosene. She also added that the deceased appeared youthful with a fair complexion.
Bhushi, a resident at the old-age home at the Lhagyal-ri, who was on her evening parikrama (circumambulation) said, “I heard something burning and when I looked back, I heard him shout ‘Long live the Dalai Lama’. I was scared when I saw him on fire, so I ran away from the spot. But I cried for help to those who were doing circumambulation.”
TSO Dawa Rinchen after the police finished its initial investigation said, “As of now we are unable to identify him. Looking at the evidence gathered at the spot, it looks like he is a Tibetan. So we have asked everyone to come forward if anyone identifies the person.”
Stating the same thing, DSP Rajendra Kumar also added the final report would be confirmed once the post-mortem is done and till then ‘nothing could be ruled out’.