Haa police forwards Rangtse BDBL case to OAG

The case involving a Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) branch in-charge of Rangtse, Haa, who allegedly robbed more than Nu 4.6 million (M) from the branch’s safe on the night of June 4, will be forwarded to the Office of Attorney General today.

Haa Police, after investigation, charged the 32-year-old man for burglary, forgery, embezzlement, official misconduct, and misappropriation of government property.

Paro’s senior superintendent of police (SSP), Colonel Pasang Dorji, said their investigation found that the official committed the five offences. “The OAG will also investigate and frame the charges, which will either remain same or differ,” he said.

He also alleged that the branch in-charge was found to have misused the company’s money since 2013. “Our investigation reveals that the branch in-charge withdrew money from the clients’ accounts during official inspection or auditing and deposited it back once the inspection is done.”

Paro SSP also looks after the Haa jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the branch-in-charge was arrested after a health worker in Sangbaykha, after finding the BDBL branch office in Sangbaykha open, informed the Sangbaykha BDBL branch office in-charge who was out of station then on the night of June 4.

The Sangbaykha branch office in-charge informed the Rangtse branch office in-charge to check the office. The next day, the Rangtse branch office in-charge reported to police that someone broke the safe in his office and stole the cash.

The Rangtse branch office in-charge was arrested on June 5. Police claim that he confessed to the crime.

It is, however, not confirmed if the Rangtse branch office in-charge was involved in trying to break into the Sangbaykha office. In Sangbaykha, the safe could not be broken.

Dechen Tshomo

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