In an anti-Chinese protest rally organised by the Tibetan Youth Congress, a Tibetan protester set himself on fire in New Delhi ahead of a visit by China's president Hu Jintao.
According to reports, the youth identified as Jampa Yeshi, a resident of New Delhi, was enveloped in high flames as he came running out, shouting from a nearby closed compound at 12:25 pm.
After running for about 100 metres, Yeshi fell to the ground where the Indian police and Tibetan activists tried to douse the flames.
Fellow activists beat out the flames with Tibetan flags that they were carrying.
Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to arrive in India later this week for a summit meeting.
At least 30 people in Tibet have set themselves on fire over the past year to protest against Chinese rule over their homeland.
The Dalai Lama has blamed China's "ruthless policy" for the self-immolations, while China has accused the Dalai Lama of stirring up trouble, reports NDTV.
Yeshi was rushed to a nearby hospital. The present condition of the youth is not yet known.