The three inmates who were convicted for life imprisonment carry a cash reward of Nu 10,000 each

Crime: The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) is still on the look out for the three male inmates who are still at large after they escaped from Wangduephodrang police custody on January 7 between 7.30pm to 8pm.

According to police, the three inmates from Sephu gewog, Wangduephodrang, escaped through the toilet window after cutting the iron bars. The inmates, Sangay Penjore, 24, Passang Dorji, 24, and Tashi Namgay, 31, were sentenced to life imprisonment for chorten vandalism. The district court passed the verdict on December 24 last month.

Chief of police, Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel said those who give correct information to police leading to their arrest would be rewarded. The three inmates carry a cash reward of Nu 10,000 each.

Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel said the inmates were to be transferred to the central jail in Chamgang, Thimphu.

“They have to be escorted in the jail van and not other vehicles,” Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel said.

“Wangdue police had already informed the headquarters after the verdict was passed.”

Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel said an investigation is underway, led by the Deputy Chief of Police, crime and operations, and two officers. They are in Wangduephodrang.

“We will find out if there are any lapses from the police and if found, we will deal with it accordingly,” the chief said. “For now, our priority is to re-arrest them.”

A search team has been deployed immediately. The three inmates were last seen in Khotokha and Phangyul in Wangdue. Police said they were wearing black jackets, red, blue and brown trousers.

The three men are also connected to another chorten vandalism case. Police said they were to undergo a trail in Trongsa for vandalising Danglo chorten in Tangsibji, Trongsa.

The RBP had also shared  information of the inmates through social media and the mainstream media.

Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel urged people to cooperate and provide information should they know the whereabouts of the inmates.

The three men, all farmers, were convicted for vandalism of three chortens in Sephu gewog – the Namgay Khangzang, Wangdue gonpa and Darlo sephu chortens – in April last year. They were arrested since July.

Meanwhile, two females and a male police personnel, who were on duty when the inmates escaped are also put under counterguard (detained.)

By Kinga Dema & Dawa Gyelmo


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