Dharamshala — An elderly Tibetan monk reportedly died after setting himself ablaze in Karze County of eastern Tibet in protest against China's heavy-handed controls on people of Tibet.
The monk, Tenga, 63, set fire to himself to death on November 26, 2017, Karze County of eastern Tibet (Ch: Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, China)," TPI source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"He died of severe burn injuries after setting himself on fire," in protest against China's heavy-handed controls on people of Tibet, said the source with contacts inside the County. "Chinese police swiftly arrived at the scene and extinguished the flames and took away the body," the source added.
Following the self-immolation, the Chinese authorities reportedly imposed heavy restrictions in the area, which made it difficult to obtain further details.
Tenga is the fifth Tibetan to carry out a self-immolation protest in 2017. The last self-immolation in Tibet was carried out by Jamyang Losel, in Chengtsa County of northeastern Tibet, on May 18, 2017.
The source said the elderly Buddhist monk also shouted slogans such as "Tibet wants freedom" while he burned. Both of his parents passed away when he was young.
The latest self-immolation by Tenga brought the total verified number of self-immolations inside Tibet to 150. Of these, 126 are known to have died. Most of the self-immolators called for the return of the Dalai Lama and freedom for the Tibetan people.
The communist regime China says Tibet has always been part of its territory, but people of Tibet says Tibet was an independent nation for centuries until Chinese troops invaded, starting in 1940s.
Tibet was invaded by the Communist regime in China, starting in 1949. Since that time, over 1.2 million out of 6 Tibetans died as a direct result of China's invasion and continued occupation of Tibet, over 6000 monasteries have been looted and destroyed. The communist regime continues to call this a 'peaceful liberation', that the "Tibetans are living in a Maoist socialist paradise."