Four held for pelting stones

Four men have been detained by the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) in Wangdue Phodrang for pelting stones at a truck and a trailer during the early morning hours of August 17. Although no casualties were reported, however, a windshield, glass window and a looking mirror of the vehicles were damaged.

On the same midnight, police were informed by one of the truckers about the incident.

The vehicles, ferrying cement were on their way to Mangdechhu project site. Upon reaching at Dung Dung ngetshang, the road was reportedly blocked with boulders.  The two vehicles drove past it without stopping when suddenly stones were pelted from both sides of the highway.

The panic stricken drivers kept on driving, but they were overtaken by a taxi with its license plates covered by pieces of cloth.

When the vehicles reached Gangteny junction, the miscreants had already stopped and hidden their taxi somewhere close to the forest. The suspects who fled later had taken refuge in the dark and suddenly started to pelt stones at the trucks.

The police team reached the crime scene immediately, located the taxi and nabbed the suspects after a tip off.

Two suspects were caught from Gangteny Gonenba and three others from Tabading village.

However, one of them, found drunk and sleeping inside the taxi the whole time was declared innocent.

The suspects have confessed to the crime and on questioning, they said the vehicles were not giving them side to overtake, and were emitting heavy smokes that affected their visibility.

However, the victims denied the justification made by the suspects.

The four suspects are farmers and businessman who were returning to their village after repairing the taxi at a workshop in Nubding. Meanwhile, the case is still under investigation.

Chencho Dema/Thimphu


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