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Saturday, April 9, 2011

2010 killers still at large

Thimphu: The Royal Bhutan Police are still looking for those behind four high-profile killings of 2010. They have even sought the help of Interpol to help track them down.
While two of the suspects are believed to have absconded from the country, the third, allegedly a non-Bhutanese, is also still at large.
A senior police officer said that the hunt is very much on, with information being shared with law enforcement counterparts outside the country to help nab the killers.
The photos of the suspects displayed on Interpol website.  
“The Interpol office for RBP in Thimphu has shared information with other Interpol member countries of the region about those on the wanted list,” the officer said.
Among the killings, the first occurred on September 5 at Kulagangri hotel in Thimphu. Gyem Tshering, a 25-year old from Pangserbo village, Drujeygang gewog in Dagana, was found stabbed at five different places on the body.
The killer was later identified as Ugyen Lhendrup, a 32-year old man from Dragom village in Lhuentse. Preliminary investigations revealed that the killing may have been spurred by disputes arising from a transaction over a six-eyed Dzi.
The second incident took place in Samtse on August 26. Pelkimo, a 46-year old housewife and her mother, 69-year old Sonam Zangmo, were found killed in broad daylight at their house in Dungkar under Yoseltse Gewog.
The killer was identified as Jetlal Tamang, a well-known criminal from across the border, but there is still no development in the case.
In the third case, Jigme Tenzin, a 35-year old man from Trashiyangtse was found killed on December 28 in a forest near Hashimara, about eight kilometers away from Alipur Duar, West Bengal.
The police have identified the suspect as Sonam Dorji, a 35-year old from Songteykhar village in Bjena gewog, Wangduephodrang, but he is still absconding, believed to be living somewhere in Kakarbhitta, Nepal.
Meanwhile, the police in Alipur, West Bengal, detained one Tshewang from Mongar on February 11 for an alleged complicity in the killing.

Just shy of the border

Thimphu: A 33-year old man from Trashigang was spared the full brunt of the tobacco law for bringing in the contraband just outside the border point between India and Bhutan on February 25.
When the district court in Samdrup Jongkhar passed its verdict on March 22, Cheku Dorji received just half the sentence – one year and eight months – because when arrested, he was a few yards short of the Bhutanese territory.
This happened because the Gelephu-Samdrup Jongkhar bus in which he was a conductor usually stops for inspection just outside the gate. As a result, not only is the punishment lighter but Cheku Dorji can pay Nu 60,000 in lieu of the sentence.
He was caught with 200 pieces of cigarettes and 600 packets of Baba (chewing tobacco) which he had hidden in a box concealed near the driver’s seat.  
When the police asked him to open the box, he confessed having the tobacco products. He even went to the extent of confessing that he intended to sell them in Kanglung in Trashigang.
“He was very fortunate for having been caught just outside the border,” said a police officer. “He was convicted only for the attempt to smuggle in tobacco products.”
 Cheku Dorji, who is presently out on bail, also told the police that he had bought the contraband from Daranga, an Assam district adjoining Samdrup Jongkhar.
Meanwhile, the police in Paro have released Kado, a 17-year old unemployed youth, who was found carrying a packet of Baba.  
On March 19, Kado had gone to the Paro police station to reach breakfast for a friend who had been involved in an assault the previous day and was detained.
Kado was caught while trying to share the chewing tobacco he had in his pocket with his detained friend.
The police have released Kado on surety as he is a juvenile.

Bus driver convicted

Thimphu: Yet another person - a bus driver - was convicted for tobacco smuggling.
Twenty nine-year old Ambar Biswa from Dagana, working for Sernya Transport, was sentenced to three years in prison on April 4 by Chhukha dzongkhag court.
The judgment stated that Ambar Biswa’s act had violated section 52 of the Tobacco Control Act and was thus liable for fourth degree felony.
He was arrested at Tanalum checkpoint for carrying 10 packets of chewing tobacco (Baba) and two packets of cigarettes which were hidden in the bus’ dashboard.
In his statement to the police, the convict said the tobacco products, supposedly bought in the border of Jaigaon, West Bengal, were meant for his personal consumption.
Bhutan TODAY learnt that the convict is unhappy with the judgment and will appeal to the High Court.
Ambar Biswa was released on bail after paying Nu 3,000 on March 28 but was later detained on the order of the court.