Mongar police have detained 12 men for allegedly vandalising around 100 choetens and three lhakhangs in Mongar, Zhemgang and Lhuentse since October last year.
Police sources said the men were arrested after a man from Tsakaling in Mongar left his shoe at the site after vandalising a choeten in Gyalpoizhing, and Lingmethang in October last year. Following that incident, others involved were traced and arrested.
Police also alleged that the 12 men vandalised about 98 choetens in Mongar, one in Zhemgang and one in Lhuentse. The men are from Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuentse.
Police also alleged that the 12 men started vandalising choetens since 2003.
“Of the 12 men, two men vandalised more than 40 choetens each,” a police official said.
Police will forward the case to the Office of the Attorney General for prosecution.