Chinese monks prevented from self-immolation

September 26th, 2011 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Sep 26 (IANS) Two monks were rescued after they set themselves on fire Monday in a southwestern Chinese province, authorities said.

The incident took place in Sichuan province, Xinhua reported.

The two monks were rescued by police shortly after they set themselves on fire around 11.20 a.m. in Aba county of the Aba Tibetan-Qiang region.

They received timely medical treatment for slight burns and were in stable condition, the government said in a statement.

The suicide attempt is under investigation.

Three Tibetan monks were recently sentenced to jail for more than 10 years each for plotting and assisting another monk’s self-immolation.

Rigzin Phuntsog set himself on fire March 16 and was hidden for 11 hours. He died the next morning after treatment failed at a local hospital, Xinhua said.

Drongdru, a 46-year-old monk in Kirti Monastery in Aba Tibetan-Qiang, was charged with hiding the 16-year-old injured monk, preventing emergency treatment and causing his death due to late treatment.

Another two monks - Tsering Tenzin and Tenchum - were sentenced for aiding the immolation.

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