“At around 9 am (local time) Kunchok Kyab set himself on fire near a gas station in the Shagdom region of Ngaba,” Kirti Monastery said in a release. “Shortly afterwards, Chinese security personnel arrived at the site and bundled him away after dousing the fire.”
“He was taken straight to regional headquarters of Barkham and it is not yet known whether he is dead or alive.”
According to the release, a group of young Tibetans, after seeing Kunchok Kyab being taken away, immediately followed the Chinese police vehicles. The wellbeing and whereabouts of those young Tibetans are also not yet known.
“According to latest reports coming in at 7 pm IST, a large number of local Tibetans have gathered to demand for the return of Kunchok Kyab and the young Tibetans,” Kirti Monastery said. “The crowd is planning to carry out a major protest and the situation has become very tense.”
Kunchok Kyab has two children, a nine-year-old and a six-year-old.
Kunchok Kyab | 贡确杰 was the 96th(93thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.