On Thursday, April 19, 2012, two Tibetan men in their twenties set fire to themselves today close to a local government office in Barma township near Jonang Dzamthang Gonchen monastery in the Tibetan area of Dzamthang (Chinese: Rangtang) county, Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan. The two Tibetans were named by two exile Tibetan sources as Choepak Kyap and Sonam. Although paramilitary troops were deployed immediately, local people managed to prevent them from taking away the bodies of the two Tibetans, who had died following the self-immolation, according to the same two sources. According to the exile Tibetans, who are in contact with Tibetans in the area, the bodies were taken to the monastery in order to carry out prayers, and many other Tibetans are gathering there. It is expected that a cremation and funeral services will be held soon.
At the time of the self-immolations today, local military deployed troops immediately in the street, but they had to back off as local people continued to gather, the Tibetan exile sources told ICT. Sonam and Choepak Kyap were related, and were both from herder families living in a rural area.
Sonam | 索南 was the 40th(37thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.