Chinese authorities in Tibet’s Chamdo prefecture have sealed off Dzakyu Karma Township after a bomb exploded at a government building on Wednesday, sources said. No casualties have been however reported.
The blast comes in the wake of recent protests against China through self-immolation by Tibetans in Ngaba and Kardze. Ten Tibetans have set themselves ablaze in 2011 alone in protest against China.
Kelsang Gyaltsen, a Tibetan MP, said the blast might be a plot to frame false charges against Tibetans. “In 2001, China has done the same. They accused and jailed trulku Tenzin Delek, a high Tibetan religious guru,” he said.
The walls of the building had been painted with slogans calling for Tibetan independence and leaflets of political content were also found at the blast site, according to Kelsang.
The authorities have also blocked passage to a bridge near the area to monitor movement of people. A prominent monastery in the area, Karma monastery, has also been cordoned off as authorities suspect involvement of the monks in the blast.