Cautionary note miscommunicated

Safety: An e-mail content that has gone viral in social networking site Facebook, cautioning people not to visit Jaigaon until August 17 unless it was an emergency was a miscommunication, officials in Phuentsholing clarified.

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) regional secretary’s letter to its members was leaked online and has created uproar among some groups in the town. The letter stated that the chamber had received “verbal information” from the dungkhag office cautioning people not to visit the Indian border town.

It further mentioned there would be a border patrolling that would have frisking of individuals. According to officials with the chamber, the dungkhag office only wanted to caution people to remain vigilant during India’s Independence Day on August 15.

The letter was written and shared with the members given Phuentsholing’s proximity to the border town.

The letter was emailed on August 11, it was learnt. Following the verbal information from dungkhag administration, BCCI’s regional secretary had e-mailed the cautionary content to local businessmen in Phuentsholing that included hoteliers and other entrepreneurs.

By Rajesh Rai, Phuentsholing

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