A Jangchub choeten, which is more than 50-years-old, was vandalised in Phakcho Goenpa in Lauri, Samdrupjongkhar on December 26 night.

According to the choeten owner Norbu Yangzom’s statement, she saw the vandalised choeten when she was on her way to collect firewood around 8am on December 27. She immediately informed the chipoen, who then reported to the gewog office.

Lauri gewog’s mangmi, Tenzin Norzang, said they reported to police and visited the crime scene. “Since the choeten was more than 50-years-old, we could not find out what were taken because the owner could not remember the relics installed,” he said.

He said that while investigating, they recovered a two-eyed dzee and two four-eye counterfiet dzee, eight corals, five aluminum altar cups and five old coins (baytrum). “We haven’t seen any strangers in the village,” the owner said.

This is the third choeten vandalism case in Lauri gewog this year.

Meanwhile, in another incident, miscreants burgled a house in Phakcho Goenpa the same night. During investigation, it was found that miscreants had entered the house after breaking the main door’s lock.

The investigation team recovered a wooden box below the house.

According to the house owner’s statement, the miscreants have stolen a silver amulet (gaw), about Nu 10,000 to 20,000, which was stored as yang, and some USD notes.

The case is under investigation.

Kelzang Wangchuk |  Samdrupjongkhar