The exile base of Kirti Monastery in Dharamshala reported that the young monk passed away shortly after his arrival at the hospital in the Barkham region of eastern Tibet.
With already well-known slogans for the freedom of Tibet, the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the 11th Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche to Tibet as well as "the re-opening of Kirti monastic school", the monk set himself on fire and went down the main market street in Ngaba near the Kirti Monastery at around 5.05 PM local time. In a moment, the protestor was knocked down by special armed Chinese forces.
After the injured monk was taken to the hospital where he soon passed away, Chinese authorities were quick to react and took the body to an unknown location. Family's request to obtain Lobsang's body was turned down and just later, when the cremation was carried out by the Chinese, the ashes of the self-immolator were handed to closest family members.
It is reported, that Lobsang, who has also experienced Chinese atrocities in 2008 peaceful Tibet uprisings, have left his testament, which is on its way into exile.
According to media reports, Lobsang, as the other 48 self-immolated Tibetans, protested against the Chinese occupation over Tibet. The Ngaba region, northeastern part of Tibet, holds the highest number, 29, of these altruistic sacrifices. 35 out of 48 registered self-immolations terminated in death while the whereabouts of the rest stays unknown.