Security should be tightened at the border: voice of Gelephu people
Kidnapping case has been happening repeatedly and has alarmed the people of Gelephu. This time people of Gelephu are expecting the government to be taking serious action on the kidnappers.
After kidnapping three Bhutanese people from Bhur, Samtenling Gewog in Gelephu on 22nd evening, people in Gelephu felt insecure to reside along the border.
Six man, two of whom were in Royal Bhutan Army uniform kidnapped 16-year-old boy, class X student of Gelephu high school and a driver 27- year-old. As per the 12 years old returned mute boy, caretaker through his sign language explained that three of them were made to sleep in the forest near outpost feeding mimi noodles and water. But that night there wasn’t any security at the outpost.
Desh Maya Rai, wife of a driver witnessed the scenario. She was nervous and could not shout for help but at least she could rush home with her baby. Desh Maya saw taking away three of them toward the Gelephu-Sarpang high way at gunpoint.
The incident occurred in Bhur at Nana pig- gery farm house which is located about 600 meters away from Indo-Bhutan border.
The Gelephu police have arrested two suspects from Tukrey village which is few minutes walk from victim’s house. The security has been tightening along the high way after the incident.
After three days the victim’s family member received a call from kidnapper asking Nu.20 million as ransom and to rescue both of them despite as their families are poor farmers.
Dawa working in the office of sewerage treatment plant said that just few weeks before the incident, eight men came in a group and threatened their caretaker, Dorji Gyeltshen. They demanded for money if not they will take office things. Luckily there was only a obsolete refrigerator in the open room which the group warned him to take if money was not given.
The caretaker told them to take but they left saying it were not good idea to take old refrigerator. “We informed police but when police reached after 1 hour they left already.”
Dawa said he is afraid going to office because his office located in Suthra Basty which is very close to border. There is a chance of kidnappers coming even during the day. “We can see only Moukhola river with no houses around. I think government should look into the matters very seriously, the police’s responds is very slow.”
Nima a private employee residing in Gelegphu said, “Most of the Bhutanese go for Thursday market to buy stuffs for the advantage of few ngultrum. Whom should we blame if something happens in between?” “I think people should stop going out for shopping.”
“We drivers have to keep on travelling this risky road. It would be safe if government could do something more at this border sides.” Said Karma a Bolero driver.