Dharamshala — Another Tibetan has set himself on fire while shouting slogans calling for for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the release of the 11th Panchen Lama, marking the second such protest against China's oppressive Tibet policy in the region in two weeks.
"Ney Kyab, known as Dhamkar, a 45-year-old father of seven children self-immolated in an apparent protest against the Chinese government's continuing repressive policies in Tibet," Kanyak Tsering, Media Coordinator for India based Kirti Monastery told the Tibet Post International on Friday.
He called out for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland Tibet and release of the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Chokeyi Nyima who has not been seen since his disappearance in May, 1995.
His body was taken away by Chinese authorities, preventing the traditional Tibetan burial rituals. But numerous ritual activities being carried out by local Tibetans, like go to monasteries, offering prayers and butter lamps to pay their condolences and show their solidarity with the self-immolator's family.
"Before his self-immolation, Dhamkar displayed portraits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the 11th Panchen Lama with offerings of butter-lamps and flowers on an altar, as well as a family photograph near his home in a village in Ngaba county" the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
In 2014 Dhamkar took an initiative not to indulge oneself in disputes amongst the Tibetans and but called for unity. He had received public recognition for his vow not to harm others in honor of all those who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of the Tibetan freedom struggle" the source added.
Dhamkar whose wife died last year, is survived by his seven children and he was son of deceased parents Neymo and Kardrema.
He was native of Adue Yultso, Ngaba (Ch: Aba county in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture), County, Amdo region of north-eastern Tibet.
The latest self-immolation came after Yeshe Khado, a 47-year-old Tibetan nun has carried out a self-immolation protest in Karze, Eastern Tibet last week. She died in after setting herself alight while shouting slogans calling for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet.
Since the current wave of self-immolations began in 2009, 138 people are known to have set themselves on fire inside Tibet in protest against the repressive Chinese occupation of Tibet. Out of them, 119 have died, while the status or the physical condition of the rest remains unknown or critical.
The Central Tibetan Administration repeatedly says "the main reasons listed in the report for Tibet's fiery protests are political repression, and cultural assimilation, destruction of Tibetan Buddhism. Besides, social discrimination, strangling the Tibetan language, environment destruction, Tibetan Nomads and ending their way of life and economic marginalisation, population transfer and western China Development Programme are the other reasons given in the report."