The Royal Bhutan Police Headquarter took various disciplinary actions against the Officer Commanding (OC) of Gedu police after his involvement in a pool vehicle (RBP Toyota Hilux) crash. The incident took place on the night of 16 September and the OC was accompanied by two friends.
The pool vehicle were retrieved two days after the incident, however, no casualties were reported. The vehicle veered off the road about 48 ft near Gedu College of Business Studies. The vehicle was driven by the OC under the influence of alcohol.
As per the service rules and regulation, the HQ RBP in Thimphu has taken various disciplinary actions against the OC. The OC is suspended until the further notice and he has to bear the repairing cost of pool vehicle amounting to Nu 643,000.
The investigation team from HQ recommended a punishment transfer to a remote place and reprimand for his misconduct.
Chief of Police Colonel Chimi Dorji said that no such misconduct by a law enforcer is acceptable. “A driver has been assigned for every pool vehicle in the country and therefore there was no need for the OC to drive the vehicle,” he said adding that this will be a reminder for rest of the officers in the country.
Meanwhile, the post on this issue went viral on social media whereby the post mentioned that, in order to hide the incident, the damaged pool vehicle was covered with a Tarpaulin sheet. Some posts even stated that, police were deployed near the area to prevent people from taking pictures though this could not be confirmed.