Tibetan activist,who sets himself ablaze in Delhi,dies

Jamyang Yeshi set himself on fire at Jantar Mantar to protest against Chinese president's India visit.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2012 12:04:56 pm

A young Tibetan activist,who set himself ablaze during a protest against Chinese president Hu Jintao’s India visit,died at a hospital here this morning.

Jamyang Yeshi (26) breathed his last in the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

”Yeshi was declared dead at 8 am today. He had sustained over 95 per cent burns… despite our best efforts he died due to infection,” said RML Hospital medical superintendent Dr TS Sidhu.

“The the body will be taken for post-mortem to Lady Hardinge Medical College,” said Dr Sidhu.

Yeshi had on Monday set himself on fire at Jantar Mantar where Tibetans were protesting against the visit of Hu Jintao.

At least 29 Tibetans,many of them Buddhist monks and nuns,have have set themselves on fire in Tibet demanding freedom for their homeland.

He became the first Tibetan to die in India after setting himself on fire during protests.

Yeshi had sneaked into India from Tibet in 2006 and had been living in New Delhi for the past six years,activists said. (With agency inputs)

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