Policeman investigating Changangkha stabbing case in critical condition after being hit on head

A policeman investigating the Changangkha stabbing case is in critical condition after he was hit by a blunt object from the back by a drunken man on June 27th at around 10 pm. He was on pursuit to arrest a suspect who had stabbed a 16-year-old boy to death in Changangkha earlier this week.

The policeman was taken for surgery in the hospital due to severe head injury, and was in an unconscious state as of yesterday.

According to the police, the suspect, a staff at Tashi Cell, not related to the Changangkha case, was nabbed on the same night near IT Park in Babesa. The suspect was creating a nuisance in one of the shops. When the policeman tried to stop him, the suspect allegedly hit him from the back.

Meanwhile, Thimphu police have arrested six suspects in the Changangkha stabbing case out of which four of the suspects are class X dropout, one is a first semester dropout from Royal Thimphu College (RTC) and one is a 1st year student of RTC.

The 1st year student of RTC, who is a 22-year-old man, was arrested on June 28 and the other five men were arrested from one of the hotels in Changzamtog on June 29. The police found 68 capsules of SP and one handmade hookah under the possession of the five men during the arrest.

It has emerged that one of the suspects initially complained of being bullied by a group of boys and so he went and called his own group of friends. The deceased was trying to separate the two groups when he got stabbed in the process.

Upon investigation, the police were told that they had spent their night in one of the hotels near the Clock Tower, from where police have seized the knife used to stab the deceased boy.

Police said that the main culprit who stabbed the deceased has been identified as a 21- year- old man from Sarpang.

The 16-year-old boy was stabbed on his right side from the back on June 27 at around 7:46pm near the Norling building below Changangkha Lhakhang. He was taken to the emergency ward in JDWNRH by his friends.

The deceased was a class XI student of Ugyen Academy in Punakha and was here in Thimphu for a vacation. All the six suspects are in their early 20s.

Meanwhile, RBP has cautioned the public, especially the youth to refrain from carrying any weapons for a self-defense. In addition, the police will do through checking if they find any suspicious looking person or if there is any suspicious activity. Serious action will be taken by the police if a person is found with any kind of weapon.

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