Local sources say It is not known yet if the man survived his protest.
The county chief had ordered Tibetan homes and an historic cemetery destroyed, angering local residents.
A senior abbot at the Buddhist study center says that 4,725 monastic dwellings were destroyed during the last year.
They are handed four and five-year terms for sharing politically sensitive information with outside contacts.
Monks from a nearby monastery rush to help move victims and their belongings to higher ground.
Doctors tell him no trace is left of a 'small sign' of prostate cancer they had previously identified.
They have been told to return to the grazing lands from which they were earlier removed, sources say.
But he defends his right to keep the photo, citing his 'absolute reverence' for the exiled spiritual leader.
The Tibetans were angered by plans to divert a river to a neighboring Muslim village.