Unidentified self-immolator in Nepal was a disable: Locals

2013-08-06 09:00:42 GMT2013-08-06 17:00:42(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KATHMANDU, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- An unidentified individual of around 40 to 45 years of age, who self-immolated on Tuesday morning in Baudhanath Stupa of Kathmandu, was a disable, who could walk only with the wooden crutches, said the locals of the incident site.

"He was a Buddhist monk and used to wear red dress," a local shop owner told Xinhua. "He was a new guy, as it had been only 4-5 months that he was spotted in the area as a regular visitor," added the shop owner.

The self-immolator used to come every morning to the Bauddhanath Stupa from yet another Buddhist Stupa of Swoyambhu, located at some 10 kms distance.

On Tuesday morning, the man bought oil lamps of Rs 2000 to offer to the Buddhist site and went to an invisible corner, some two meters down the main Stupa structure, before he set fire on himself.

A lady, who was meditating with her eyes closed, first felt the strong smell of smoke and saw the monk burning in fire. She shouted and called the locals, and the police also arrived after a while.

The incident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. local time. The individual was rushed to nearby Stupa Hospital and later referred to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital at Maharajgunj, some 5 kms from the incident site. He died during treatment.

"We are yet to confirm whether the incident was politically motivated, and whether it was a suicide or a self-immolation," said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Manoj Kumar KC, adding that investigation is going on to ascertain the monk's identity.

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