Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing
In a major breakthrough, Jaigaon police have deciphered the brutal murder case of two Bhutanese women.
Two men, Yogesh Lama and Salman, who were arrested on June 15, have confessed to the crime. They used a knife (khukuri) to kill the women.
The police sources in Phuentsholing also confirmed that the Jaigaon police intimated them about the outcomes.
On the early hours of June 14, two Bhutanese women, 22-year-old from Lokchina, Chukha and a 26-year-old woman from Chuzergang, Sarpang were found brutally murdered at Mechia Basti, Jaigaon.
Some local news outlets posted the news along with pictures that shook the Bhutanese across the nation to the core.
Yogesh Lama was the one who attacked the women first.
The victims were known to the suspects. The suspects, sources said, consumed N-10 capsules and one of them, Yogesh Lama, raped one of the victims. He reportedly attacked the women when they threatened to inform the police.
Initially, on the same day (June 14) when the gruesome murder was discovered, Jaigaon police also had arrested two men as the prime suspects.
It was alleged that one of the two men was blackmailed by the women concerning an intimate video clip with one of the victims. Jaigaon police had arrested these suspects based on the eyewitnesses that they were seen harassing the women just one day prior to the murder.
However, they were not the real culprits, sources have confirmed.
Police are also yet to ascertain where in Jaigaon and for how long the victims lived.
The 22-year-old victim from Lokchina
The body of the victim from Lokchina was cremated at Toorsa on June 16.
“I didn’t know much about her whereabouts,” her cousin Harka Man Limbu said. “I saw her last year in Lokchina.”
Harka Man Limbu said that the victim was taken as a babysitter a long time ago. Police sources confirmed this. The woman who took her as a babysitter also had even enrolled her in a school.
The victim was a class nine graduate. Sources also say that she had worked in a beauty parlour in Phuentsholing.
The 26-year-old victim from Chuzergang
The body of the 26-year-old woman from Chuzergang, who worked at a drayang in Phuentsholing two years ago, has been taken by her ex-husband to Thimphu for cremation on June 16.
“We stayed together for three years after we married in early 2016,” he said. “Our relationship was not that bad. We separated mutually because of trivial issues.”
He said that news of video clips and drug abuse by the victims surprised him. He said that he never saw his wife do drugs.
“The killers should face the full weight of the law.”