Crime: A 15-year-old student studying in North Point, Darjeeling is under Indian police custody after he stabbed his classmate to death.
The incident occurred on February 10, during a camp at Singla near Darjeeling on February 10 and the deceased passed away on the way to hospital. The incident happened following an altercation between the two boys of same age.
Students were attending an adventure course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling as a preliminary course before attending 10th grade, this year.
During the meet the press session yesterday, Lyonchoen expressed fear of locals being provoked by the incident, posing a threat to other Bhutanese students.
Sources said that four other Bhutanese students attending the course have been brought back immediately after the incident.
Indian media reported that the boy can be tried under Indian laws applicable to minors and will be produced before the juvenile board on February 24.
As of now, Lyonchoen said the situation is normal and that the local leaders in Darjeeling are contacted for security.
The government also formed a committee comprising of the education secretary, foreign secretary and home secretary to closely monitor the situation and keep the Prime Minister updated.
The government is also considering briefing the students on vacation, before leaving for schools and colleges.
There are 5,000 students studying in Darjeeling, Kursoeng, and Kalimpong.