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.