One dead, another in hospital after knife fight

CCTV image grab shows Sonam Tsering and Tashi Dhondup's fight in the street of Majnu Ka Tilla on 6 June 2016.

CCTV image grab shows Sonam Tsering and Tashi Dhondup's fight in the street of Majnu Ka Tilla on 6 June 2016. Internet

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MCLEOD GANJ, India, 7 June 2016

One man died and his adversary was hospitalised following a violent brawl in which the men stabbed each other, apparently continuing an old feud.

Delhi Tibetan Settlement Officer Lekyi Dorjee told Tibet Sun that the fight between Sonam Tsering, who died, and Tashi Dhondup took place in the streets of Majnu Ka Tilla on Monday morning.

Both were taken to the hospital, and one died soon after due to injuries in his chest, apparently piercing his heart.

Dhondup is said to be recovering, but will be taken into police custody.

Dorjee said that the exact cause of their fight was not known, but it is said that they have been carrying on a feud since two years ago.

“When we came to know about the fight, it was all over,” Dorjee said.

“People tried to separate them, but it was not easy as they also had to protect themselves from the knives.”

On of the antagonists, Sonam Tsering, was a native of Tehor in eastern Tibet, and had settled in Bylakuppe, running a grocery shop. He was returning home after meeting his daughter in TCV School in Dharamshala.

The other, Tashi Dhondup, a native of Derge, in eastern Tibet, is said to have been occupied selling meat snacks in the streets of Majnu Ka Tilla.

It is said that the two started fighting over a gambling game of Dominos two years ago. The Tehor and Derge Associations in Majnu Ka Tilla had intervened at that time and advised them to settle their differences peacefully. The two had since been threatening each other over WeChat.

Dorjee said that Manju Ka Tilla is normally quiet and peaceful, and police are patrolling the area to prevent any untoward incidents.

In a similar violent fight more than a year ago, a Tibetan monk stabbed a man to death after an altercation, and then slit his own throat.


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