Sertha Tsultrim Wozer, a Tibetan living in south India said Wangyal set himself on fire in the middle of Sertha town earlier on Monday, November 26, and raised slogans for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
“Martyr Wangyal set himself ablaze on one of the main roads leading to the town centre at around 11:20 am (local time),” Wozer said. “Eyewitnesses say his hands were clasped in prayers as he ran raising slogans for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for the Tibetan people.”
Wangyal ran to the golden horse statue in the middle of Sertha town and fell on the ground.
“Chinese armed forces immediately arrived at the scene of the protest and took Wangyal away after dousing the flames,” the same source added.
Wangyal is around 20 years of age and an orphan. He has three brothers and one sister.
Wangyal | 旺嘉 was the 89th(86thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.