Teen who ‘set himself on fire for Tibet’ dies

He was only 16 years old but sacrificed himself, proud of him, says family.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Published:March 5, 2016 3:20 am
The last rites of Dorjee Tsering will be conducted in Dharamshala, said his family members.  Praveen Khanna The last rites of Dorjee Tsering will be conducted in Dharamshala, said his family members. Praveen Khanna

Dorjee Tsering, a resident of Manali who allegedly set himself on fire Monday, died of injuries in Safdarjung Hospital Thursday night. He had suffered 95 per cent burns.

Tsering, a student of Class X, had allegedly raised slogans of ‘Free Tibet’ before setting himself on fire near his uncle’s residence in Dehradun.

As Tsering battled for life in the hospital, his family members remained hopeful that he would get better. On Thursday night, they were told by doctors that Tsering’s situation was deteriorating. “We were hoping that he will survive, but on Thursday night, we were told he did not have much time left. All of us visited him one by one… he could barely breathe… At least we got a chance to meet him before he passed away,” said his elder sister Samten Dolma.

Two days ago, she had managed to speak to her brother for a few minutes, and he had talked about his resolve to do “something”for his “country”, Tibet. However, he told her that he was sad about how the incident would affect his family members.

“He knew that he would die, but he spoke of his contribution towards ‘Free Tibet’,” said Dolma.

Dolma said she was proud to have a brother like Tsering. “I am very sad about losing him and I will miss him. But I am proud to have a brother like him. He was only 16 years old but he sacrificed himself for the ‘Free Tibet’ movement. I am very proud,” she said.

Tsering’s family had been receiving condolence messages from across the country, said Dolma.

Tsering’s last rites will be conducted in Dharamshala on Sunday morning.

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