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Tibetan exile burns himself to death in Nepal

Kathmandu, Aug 6 (): A Tibetan monk died early Tuesday morning minutes after setting himself on fire near the Boudhanath shrine in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, the shrine which is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.

The monk has been identified as Karma Nyedon Gyatso. Karma was from Damshung in Tibet and had arrived at the Kathmandu Tibetan Refugee Reception Centre on 30th January 2012. Gyaltso was rushed to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital after he got serious burn injuries.

He was declared dead shortly after. He was pronounced dead at around 8:10 am. A photo from the capital of Nepal showed his body was completely burned to a crisp. After 15 minutes the police arrived at the scene following which they took away the body wrapped in a red cloth.

Arjun Chand, a police official in Kathmandu told all the above information. He added that police are investigating the case, which is the third self-immolation by Tibetan exiles in Nepalese capital.

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) spokesperson Tashi Phuntsok said this death was the third self-immolation case by a Tibetan exile in Nepal’s capital — second this year — protesting China’s repressive policies in Tibet. The Tibetan monk Drupchen Tsering self-immolated in February died and the Nepalese Government did not return his body to Tibetan refugees living in Nepal.

Thousands of Tibetan refugees live in Nepal and many of them live around Boudhanath, which is surrounded by Buddhist monasteries.

Nearly 120 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest against what they view as Chinese oppression since February 2009. Among them at least 90 have died. Nepal has also recently held down on the cultural and political expression of its Tibetan community numbering over 20,000.

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, 78, has lived in India since 1959 when he fled his homeland after a failed uprising against Communist rule.