New Delhi: March 26, 2012
A 26-year-old Tibetan man, Jampa Yeshi, set himself on fire during a protest against the impending visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao here today.
Chinese President is scheduled to visit India on March 29 for the BRIC Summit in New Delhi.
Yeshi was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
He poured some fuel and set himself on fire in the Jantar Mantar at the capital and then ran into the crowd where he fell down.
Running for about 100 metres, Jampa Yeshi then fell to the ground where the Indian police and Tibetan activists tried to douse the flames.
After almost ten minutes, the youth was carried in a police car to a nearby hospital.
From the back of the vehicle his severely burned feet and flesh peeling off with the burns were clearly visible.
Tibetan activists from all over India are currently gathered in New Delhi to urge the international community to intervene in the ongoing critical situation in Tibet and also show Tibetan’s protest against Hu Jintao’s visit.
Today, March 26 also marks a century since the declaration of war against the Manchu occupying forces in Tibet in 1912.
30 Tibetans in Tibet have set their bodies on fire in Tibet since 2009 demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet.
Pawo Thupten Ngodup was the first known Tibetan to have self-immolated for the cause of Tibet in 1998. Jampa Yeshi’s self-immolation today took place at almost the same place where Pawo Thupten Ngodup self-immolated.
PIC: A Tibetan man screams as he runs engulfed in flames after self-immolating at a protest in New Delhi, India, ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the country Monday, March 26, 2012. The Tibetan activist lit himself on fire at the gathering and was rushed to hospital with unknown injuries, reports said. (Manish Swarup)