Tashi Tsering, 28, a resident of Bhuru village, Chakthak township in Markham county, Eastern Tibet (Chinese: Mangkang Xian in Chamdo Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region)," Ven Lobsang, a Tibetan monk from Drepung Monastery in South India told The Tibet Post.
"Family members are currently offering traditional prayers for Tsering," he said.
"Tsering, a layperson who has religious affiliation to Phanpalug Monastery in Markham, tabbed himself to death on February 20, 2014, when the police attempted to arrest him" Ven Lobsang said, adding that 'he was reportedly involved in the 2008 mass protest along with monks from the monastery.'
"Death is better than handling myself to the Chinese," Tsering told Chinese police just before his death," he added.
"His family was warned that anyone who tells about his death to outside would be punished heavily and force them to sign or place their fingerprint on statements," he added.
"The monks arrested by Chinese authorities in 2008 for their involvement in protest, however all monks were released in 2012 and 2013," he added.
"The armed police surrounded Tsering on his way to the monastery and he stabbed himself to death when they attempted to detain him," Ven Lobsang said, citing sources in the region.
According to the sources, "the Chinese police detained 20 monks of Khanpalug Monastery. They were detained on the suspicion of sharing His Holiness the Dalai Lama's portraits on social networks and also for sending information abroad, but they were released after detaining for about a week from February 21, 2014."