Around 6:00 p.m. on 13th August, 2012, a Buddhist monk from the Kirti Monastry named Lungtok, around 20, and a layman named Tashi, around 21, ignited themselves on fire in protest against Chinese oppression in their county as well as the rest of Tibet.
On 14th August, 2012, the day following the tragic incidents, Tashi and Lungtok were pronounced dead in the center of Ngaba province, Barkham. Subsequently, all Tibetan local shops and businesses in Ngaba prefecture decided to close down in order to commemorate their recent losses. In addition, local Tibetans circumambulated around the monastery, offered butter lamp, and pray for Tashi, Lungtok, as well as the rest of the self-immolators. They disclose as much solidarity as they can under Chinese restrictive crackdown. After Tashi’s death, it is unclear whether or not his family has yet able to retrieve his body.
On the day of the self-immolations in Ngaba county, local government officials held a meeting with the head of Kirti Monastry to discuss issues on how to properly handle the events. Coordinators from Kirti Monastry in Dharamshala sent the Tibet Post International two pictures from the incidents; one depicting two polices carrying Tashi’s body, and the other illustrating the self-immolations process itself.