Kelzang Wangchuk  | Samdrupjongkhar

A policeman has allegedly stabbed a 22-year-old man in Samdrupjongkhar around 8pm on April 27. The incident occurred near the Food Corporation of Bhutan’s (FCB) office.

A patrolling team stopped the victim and his friend near the FCB office and frisked them. The victim and his friend were returning home after dropping their friend around 8pm.

A relative of the victim said the duo asked the patrolling team if they could go and one of the patrolling team members told them to stay because they deserved punishment. The victim and the friend allegedly asked the reason for the punishment.

The relative said the suspect then stabbed the victim after questioning why they were out at late hours.  “The victim sustained a severe cut on his head.” The victim’s friend also sustained a minor cut on his hand.

Despite excessive bleeding, the suspect told the victim and his friend to report to the police station instead of taking them to the hospital, the relative said. The friend took the victim to the hospital.

Health officials said the cut was about five centimetres long and 0.5-millimetre deep. While the skull was exposed, it was not affected, and there was no brain damage. The wound required four stitches.

Meanwhile, Samdrupjongkhar police have registered the complaint and are investigating the case. 

Sources alleged that the two men were also under the influence of alcohol during the time of the incident.