Kunchok Tseten, 30, set fire to himself in the main market of Meruma town in Ngaba on Tuesday (3 December). After setting himself on fire, he raised slogans for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and the early reunion of Tibetans in Tibet.
Eyewitnesses say police and security forces immediately arrived at the spot to take the self-immolator into their custody. But the local Tibetans prevented them from doing so, resulting in clashes between the two sides. The police took away the self-immolator after arresting several Tibetans, including the wife and relatives of the self-immolator, whose well-being and whereabouts remain unknown.