Se­cu­rity should be tight­ened at the bor­der: voice of Gele­phu peo­ple

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Deki Lhaden

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.

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