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Tibetan Monk Attempts Self-Immolation in Nepal

A young Tibetan monk today dramatically set himself on fire in a restaurant here, marking the 100th self-immolation bid in a wave of protests against Chinese rule in Tibet since 2009.

The Tibetan exile in his early twenties doused himself in petrol in a restaurant near Bouddhanath Stupe of Kathmandu and set himself on fire, police said.

Policemen and a tourist who were sitting nearby helped to rescue the boy from putting off the fire, according to a police officer at the Bouddhanath Police Station.

The Tibetan's self-immolation bid marked the 100th such incident in a wave of protests against Chinese rule since 2009.

The monk ran out into the street at Bouddhanath Stupa where the policemen and a tourist put off the fire and took him to the Teaching Hospital at Maharajgunj.

The Tibetan exile was badly burnt in the self-immolation attempt and could not speak while receiving treatment at the hospital.

The Tibetan government in exile, in Dharamshala, India, had previously put the number of burnings since 2009 at 99, 83 of whom had died for the cause of a free Tibet.

The incident comes even as Nepal government has reiterated its commitment not to allow any activity directed against its northern neighbour in its territory.

Nepal's Maoist-led government has time and again expressed its commitment towards 'one China policy'.

China has been accussing the Dalai Lama, the Nobel laureate and exiled Tibetan spiritual guru, of encouraging the immolations and free Tibet movement in different countries.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising and has since then made Dharamshala his exiled base.

Nepal is home to more than 20,000 Tibetans, and every year some 2,500 Tibetans illegally enter the Himalayan nation crossing the border of Tibet on their way to Dharamshala to meet the Dalai Lama.

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