Tibetan protester stopped from self-immolation in Dharmashala
Dharamsala: A Tibetan man was stopped from immolating himself Sunday in this Himachal Pradesh town where the Dalai Lama has his government-in-exile, police said, adding that the case was first of its kind here. A police official said the attempt was made as hundreds of Tibetans gathered to mark the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.
Dawa Dhondup, taking part in the procession through the streets of Dharamsala, consumed petrol but was overpowered by the others before he could kill himself, Superintendent of Police Balbir Thakur told IANS. The 30-year-old Dhondup, a roadside vendor in Dharamsala, was taken to hospital. A case of attempt to suicide has been registered against him.
"The incident is a first of its kind here (Dharamsala). In future, we will be more cautious in allowing them (the Tibetans) to hold demonstrations," Thakur added. There have been 107 immolations for the cause of Tibetan freedom since 2009. Most of them have been reported inside Tibet.
In March last year, Jamphel Yeshi immolated himself in New Delhi demanding freedom for Tibet. He was cremated here. Yeshi, a member of the Tibetan Youth Congress, immolated himself to protest the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet along with many of his supporters and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959. His government-in-exile is not recognized by any country. India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans.
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