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19-year-old implicated in murder of minor

A 19-year-old man is under custody for alleged murder of a seven-year-old boy in Jigmechholing gewog, Sarpang.

The incident took place when the deceased and his grandmother went to attend the annual ritual at the gewog’s public lhakhang on September 8.

The deceased who is from Jigmechholing Khatoe was studying in class PP in one of the schools in the gewog.

Sources said that the boy had gone missing after lunch. Around 3pm when the grandmother was looking for the deceased to return home, she couldn’t find him. Assuming he would be with friends, the grandmother left for home.

Jigmechholing gup, Kumar Gurung said the family didn’t inform of the missing boy after he failed to show up that night “The family thought that the kid was staying over at his friends place.”

The next morning when the grandmother went to the school to reach the boys uniform, the school administration informed that the boy had not come to school.

Gewog and school officials, students and residents began searching for the missing boy around 8:30am. The body of the deceased was found inside one of the drains near the gewog office along the Zhemgang-Gelephu highway around 11am.

Gup Kumar Gurung said that people began suspecting the 19-year-old for the murder as he was also seen at the scene near the lhakhang the previous day. “We called the police and began looking for the suspect,” he said.

The suspect was found collecting cardamom in a nearby area. “He confessed to killing the boy upon interrogation,” said the gup. The suspect said he was drunk when the incident happened.

In his statement, the suspect had said that he knocked the deceased down and hit him with a stone on the head. Assuming he was dead, the suspect then dragged the body through the bushes and wanted to throw it off a cliff.

“He said that he had removed the cloths from the body as it was obstructing while dragging,” said the gup. After arriving at the highway, the suspect decided to hide the body in a drain. “He went home after getting rid of the body.”

The gup added that the suspect is a mentally disturbed individual and stays with his parents in the gewog.

Police are investigating the case.

Meanwhile, the remains of a decomposed body that was found near Pemathang chiwog in Gelephu on September 7 has been identified as the caretaker of a transmission company.

The deceased was 53-year-old from Chudzom gewog, Gelephu.

Gelephu gup, Ugyen Wangchuk, said that the body was found with both the kidneys missing. “Staff of the transmission company said that he was a chronic alcoholic. These information and the uniform at the site helped us identify the body.”

It was learned that the deceased had asked for leave on August 29 to visit his village.

The remains of the body were handed over to the relatives on September 8.

Younten Tshedup | Gelephu

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