AUGUST 6, 2013: A Tibetan monk died minutes after setting himself ablaze near Boudhanath stupa in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu earlier today (0730 hrs local time). The monk has been identified as Karma Nyedon Gyatso. Karma was from Damshung in Tibet and had arrived at the Kathmandu Tibetan Refugee Reception Centre on 30th January 2012.
An eye witness told phayul that the monk, probably in his thirties, was sitting crosslegged when she saw his lap on fire. “I thought he accidentally caught fire while lighting butter lamps. Then I saw him pour a bottle of fluid, petrol maybe, over his head and went up in flames right before my eyes.”
“He was silent as far as I could hear. I began to shout for help. He kneeled over in a crouched position, with a contorted face but he didn’t cry out or scream at all.
“After about two minutes a passerby splashed a bucket of water over the monk and doused the fire. Another guy came with a fire extinguisher. The lama’s robes were completely burned off.”
After 15 minutes the police arrived at the scene following which they took away the body wrapped in a red cloth.
Karma Nyedon Gyatso | 嘎玛俄顿嘉措 was the 125th(3thin Nepal) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.