Adding to the list of self-immolations, a 35-year-old and a father-of-three Dhundup Tsering set himself on fire on November 20 at a mining site in Ghong-ngon Lari Mountain in Achok Township in Sangchu County, Dharmshala-based human rights organisation TCHRD said in a statement.
TSERING TSOMO, Executive Director of Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) told reporters at Dharmshala that the Tibetan sources said that the Chinese gold mining activities at the sacred mountain have posed numerous problems for the local Tibetans in terms of water pollution as well as cattle grazing.
In the past, Tibetan residents have submitted petitions and also held peaceful protests calling on the authorities to stop mining activities. But all efforts fell on deaf ears.Through his burning protest, Dhundup Tsering wanted to highlight the hardship and suffering of the local Tibetans harmed by mining activities,” Tsomo said.
According to Tsomo, the deceased Tibetan was also a vocal advocate for Tibet’s freedom and had strongly supported for calls for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa to Tibet as well as the release of all political prisoners including the 17th Panchen Lama.
Tsering's body was taken to his home at Chu-ngen-nang (also called Khi-ngen) village in Amchok township. Over 300 monks from Amchok monastery conducted prayers and other rituals as local Tibetans from surrounding villages such as Luchu (Ch: Luqu) came in to offer butter lamps and prayers for the deceased.
Tsering is survived by his parents, wife, and three children, ages 16, 15 and 8. Restrictions on Amchok village have increased since another Tibetan, Lhamo Tsetan, died on 26 October after setting himself on fire in front a local government office in the township.