Police to reward the taxi driver who gave information
Police yesterday afternoon arrested the 29-year old prisoner, who had escaped from Chamgang jail on the evening of March 17, at Tanalum, Chukha, and a taxi driver earned the reward of Nu 10,000 for giving vital information.
Police, who were informed about Kancha Rai’s presence in the locality by a taxi driver through a 113 call, combed the Tanalum area and found him near the Chukha-Damchu bypass.
The taxi driver told police that, after he crossed Tanalum checkpost, Kancha Rai had stopped his taxi and asked him to take him to Phuentsholing. He also told police that, although he tried to arrest the prisoner, he could not, as he was alone, and the prisoner ran off into the forest.
Additional police personnel were deployed from Tashigatshel in search of the prisoner, along with Tsimasham police station personnel.
Police chief brigadier Kipchu Namgyel said he was thankful to the public for the cooperation rendered. “We’ll call the taxi driver and reward him Nu 10,000 as promised,” he said.
Kancha Rai from Dumtoe in Samtse was imprisoned for life by Paro court in 2001 for chorten vandalism. He escaped while returning from Chamgang basic health unit, where he was taken to treat a cut he suffered while cooking in the jail kitchen.
Police said that Kancha Rai ran off when he was being escorted back to the prison premises by the two police constables at night.
Police sources said they would not charge Kancha Rai to court since he was already serving a sentence. “But we have a system where we maintain the record of the prisoners and his conduct would be reflected there,” jail superintendent of police, Tshultim, said.
By Tashi Dema