Dechen Dolkar

A 53-year-old man from Bhutan was arrested in Assam on Wednesday.

Currently, the man is under police custody.

It was learnt that the trader has not paid money to farmers in Assam for a year now.

According to  Indian media, the two Bhutanese traders used to purchase rice produced in Assam and traded in Bhutan.

It is claimed that initially, the farmers were paid a fair price for their production, but gradually the man started buying rice from several parts of the state without paying any money.

It was learnt that the trader has around Nu 4.7M due to the farmers. It was also learnt that traders used to supply rice to the Army Welfare Project.

According to Indian media reports, it is also alleged that the rice from Assam was bought at low price and sold in Bhutan at “exorbitant rate”.

The two Bhutanese citizens were arrested on a complaint by a group of indigenous farmers in Assam.

According to the Royal Bhutanese Consulate General office in Guwahati, they were given access to consular services by the police like meeting the accused.

The Consulate General office also ensures that the accused are given proper care and protection by the police authorities.

The office has also informed the family of the accused.