Ahead of Hu’s visit, Tibetan sets himself afire

New Delhi, March 26: A 27-year-old Tibetan youth attempted to immolate himself during a protest against Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the capital, police said Monday.

Jamphel Yeshi, a resident of North Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tila, set himself on fire around 12.40 p.m. at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar where more than 100 Tibetans were protesting since morning.

Yeshi was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital with 90 percent burn injuries. His condition is said to be critical.

He poured fuel on himself and set himself alight before running towards the crowd where he collapsed.

The Chinese president will be in India March 28 for the two-day BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in New Delhi.

IANS