Unidentified individual self-immolates in Nepal

2013-02-13 11:32:45 GMT2013-02-13 19:32:45(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KATHMANDU, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- An unidentified male aged around 25 self-immolated himself in Baudha Stupa area of Kathmandu on Wednesday morning, police said.

It was the first such incident in Nepal and the nationality of the Tibetan-looking individual has not been confirmed yet.

"We are investigating the matter. Name, surname, address and nationality of the person has not been known yet," DSP Manoj Kumar K.C., chief of Baudha Police, told Xinhua.

According to eye-witnesses and police on duty in the area, the healthy looking individual burned himself at around 8:15 a.m. inside the premises of famous Buddhist temple Boudha in northeast Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

"He had attached cotton inside his body covering it with jacket before he burned himself," an eye-witness police officer said.

"We were on duty and immediately approached him in two minutes when we saw him burning. We brought jackets from nearby shops and started pressing him hard with the jackets to extinguish fire. It took 5-6 jackets to totally stop the fire," she said.

"We then lifted him in a police van and rushed him to a hospital. All his body has turned black. Even his face is burned," she added.

The individual was accompanied by none, when he prepared himself in a toilet of a nearby eatery first and came out on the circling area of the Buddhist Stupa, according to the witnesses.

The man was taken to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, where Laxmi Rajbhandari, a doctor at the Emergency Ward, said, " The patient has received 95 percent burn-injuries."

Police investigation is basically focused on finding out the helping hands and instigators behind the incident and revealing the exact identity of the individual who set himself on fire.

Baudha area, where the incident happened, is inhibited mostly by Tibetan people, who came from adjoining Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

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