scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Top Tibetan monk Choje Akong Tulku killed in China

Monetary dispute is said to be the cause of the altercation that led to the killings.

Written by PTI | Beijing |
October 9, 2013 12:08:20 pm

A well-known Tibetan monk,who founded the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Europe,has been killed in southwest China’s Chengdu city.

According to local police,73-year-old Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was stabbed to death along with his nephew and their driver in the city’s Wuhou district on Tuesday.

Three suspects,all ethnic Tibetans,have been detained by police,Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted a police statement as saying.

Police said a monetary dispute caused the altercation.

Best of Express Premium

Skyfall in Gujarat, expert says likely debris of a Chinese rocketPremium
Chaos in Kandla after ban: 4,000 wheat trucks in queue, 4 ships half-fullPremium
Rural pinches more in high inflation statesPremium
Explained: What Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s US visit means for Pakista...Premium

“Following a verbal dispute between the two sides,the three suspects stabbed the three victims to death with knives they were carrying,” the statement said.

In a statement,the Samye Ling monastery confirmed the report saying its founder has been “assassinated”.

The statement was signed by the monk’s brother Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.

“Rinpoche’s body has been taken to hospital where a post-mortem will be carried out,” Lama said.

Born in the Chamdo prefecture in Tibet in 1940,Rinpoche was identified at a young age as the reincarnation of the abbot of the Drolma Lhakang monastery,where he was later raised.

After the 1959 uprising,he fled to India. Two decades later,he co-founded the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Dumfries and Galloway near the English-Scottish border.

The Karmapa Lama,the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism,expressed his condolences over his death in a statement,the Post report said.

Rinpoche had led the search which identified the Karmapa at the age of seven as a reincarnation of the previous Karmapa. The Karmapa fled Tibet in December 1999 and has since lived in India.

Tibet region experienced tensions in the recent months over spate of self immolations which the Tibetan overseas groups say was aimed at protesting against the Chinese rule.

Over 100 self immolations have taken place in different parts of Tibet. A number of monks and locals have been arrested for instigating the immolation protests.

For all the latest World News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement