Police in Wangdue have arrested a 13-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man for allegedly vandalising a lhakhang in Khotokha in Rubesa recently.

According to Kuensel sources, the incident occurred on March 12 and the lhakhang’s caretaker reported the crime to the police the next day.

Official sources said the two were arrested and have confessed to the crime to the police. The two were alleged to have destroyed a Guru statue in the lhakhang and also stolen several Buddhist statues.

Meanwhile, Wangdue police have also apprehended a 33-year-old man from Uma, Wangdue for allegedly murdering a 23-year old man from Drabchekha village in Gaselo on the night of March 3.

It was learnt that the two are cousins and both were under the influence of alcohol when the incident took place.

Police sources also said that when the incident was reported to police, they were informed that it was an accidental death. However, an investigation revealed that the 23-year-old man was murdered. “The incident occurred when the two went out to drink and on their way back, a fight broke out between the two.”

Police said the accused confessed but claimed that he hit the deceased with a stone in self-defense, as the deceased tried to hit him first.

The accused was arrested on March 4 and police said the case would be forwarded to the Office of Attorney General (OAG).

Dawa Gyelmo | Wangdue