Police fish out five bodies from two rivers

Thimphu police are looking for the relatives of a man whose body was fished out of the Wangchu near the park in Changlingmithang on July 17.

Since July 2 until yesterday, police have fished out five bodies from the Wangchu and Haachu.

Thimphu police’s officer-in-command, Major Wangdi, said they are looking for the relatives to handover the body, which is kept in the mortuary.

He said that children playing in the park informed the police about the body in the Wangchu. “By the time police reached there, the children had already fished out the body.”

The OC said that police took the body to the hospital but health officials declared that he was brought dead to the hospital.

Police said they could not identify the body since no one knows about the man.

On July 15, police also recovered the body of a 75-year-old man who went missing from Babesa and was reported missing since July 7.

Major Wangdi said that although police and relatives did organise a search for the man, a cow herder from Khariphu, who had gone in search for missing cattle, found the body.

It was learnt that on July 7, police and relatives of the 75-year-old man missing from Babesa, also fished out a body of a 23-year-old man from Dagana from the Wangchu near the Namseling archery ground.

A police source said that the body was identified through his driving license.

On July 2, police fished out a body of an 11-year-old boy who went swimming with his elder brother and friends from the Wangchu.  The same day, police in Haa also fished out a body of a 30-year-old man from the Haachu. Sources said the man was suspected to have gone fishing.

Meanwhile, police officials said that they have to keep chasing away children from the riverside during monsoon.

A Thimphu resident, Tshering, said that parents have to advise their children to stay away from swelling rivers in summer.

He said that while the Department of Disaster Management is trying to create awareness, it is everyone’s responsibility to keep children and adults away from rivers during monsoon.

Tashi Dema

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