Staff Reporter

The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) arrested six men involved in a series of burglary of lhakhangs and choeten vandalism cases in Thimphu, Paro and Haa dzongkhags on July 6 and 7.  

The men aged between 22-28 years were arrested from Dogar, Paro. 

recovered items

Recovered items

According to a press release from RPB, preliminary investigation has revealed that the suspects had vandalised and burgled lhakhangs, goenpas and choetens in Lamgong and Dogar gewogs in Paro.

The men had also vandalised a choeten in Genekha, Thimphu on May 27 and a lhakhang in Kana, Haa.

The men had stolen statues, silver butter lamps, religious artifacts such as rem (cymbals), phurb (ritual dagger), gau, dung (horns) dorjis and drilbus, among others. 

One of the suspects has confessed to larceny at Tashi Denkha lhakhang in Dogar where he had stolen a pair of Bae-rem (cymbal) and throw (container) from the lam’s residence.

Most of the stolen artifacts have been recovered.