Dharamshala: - Sources coming out of Tibet says a Tibetan man set himself alight in Gade County Golok, an area in North-Eastern Tibet, in an apparent protest against the Chinese government rule and repressive policies in the region.
The man, identified as Konchok, a 42-year-old self-immolated in an apparent protest against the Chinese government's continuing repressive policies in Tibet,' Tenzin currently living in exile told The Tibet Post International (TPI).
Details about this self-immolation have been slow to reach outside of Tibet, because of the heavy handed imformation restrictions imposed on Tibetans. Konchok set himself ablaze on 16 September, 2014 in front of a police station in Gade county in the Golok, (Chinese: Gande in Guoluo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai province) Amdho Province of north-eastern Tibet.
The sources in contact with eyewitnesses in the area said "local Tibetans put out the fire and immediately took him to a hospital in Xining City, where he is being treated secretly."
Another source has told TPI that "soon after the incident, Konchok was taken to a Hospital in Xining City for treatment. Although details of his conditions still remain unknown days after he was hospitalised with severe burns."
The source said: "He did not die on the spot, but "locals who witnessed the fiery protest have said that Konchok has very little chances of survival as his body was severely burned. But as of now there is no confirmation whether Konchok is dead or alive."
Many communication channels to Tibetan regions have been blocked or cut in recent years, as the Chinese authorities attempt to stop information of protests from spreading across the region and prevent reports reaching the outside world.
"Chinese authorities have beefed up security, installing security cameras at vantage points in Gade county, following the self-immolation,' sources told TPI and citing several sources in the region.
The sources however provide no further information about why the man set himself ablaze and what slogans were shouted by Konchok.
Th details of the incident have yet to emerge, but, according to the same sources, many believe that Konchok set himself on fire in protest to draw the world's attention during the Chinese president Xi Jinping's state visit to India.
"We cannot make further details as those who helped him fear that it can be dangerous, such as Konchok could be taken away by the authorities if he survives," he said, adding: "If he does not survive, the Chinese authorities would also not return the body to the family."
"They also fear that if he does not survive, the authorities would also not return the body to the family," the source said.
This is the second self-immolation protest in Tibet in the past month alone. This incident brought the total verified number of self-immolations in Tibet to 132 since February, 2009 and and of them 113 were reportedly passed-away due to their severe injuries.
The Tibetan self-immolators have demanded for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for the Tibetan people. Most parts of Tibet have suffered severe crackdowns and been under heightened restrictions and controls.
The Communist regime in Beijing has blamed the self-immolation protests on hostile foreign forces that want to separate Tibet from China. Many Tibetans allegedly associated or linked with the self-immolators have been detained. Some have been sentenced to long prison terms or death.
The Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamshala, India, has made several appeals urging Tibetans inside Tibet to refrain from taking drastic actions such as self-immolations.