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Ranger found dead

A 49-year old forest ranger was found dead below his house in Tsimasham, Chukha yesterday morning.

Tsimasham police in a telephone interview said the police were informed around 8am. A GREF driver had first seen the body and informed people living in the area.

Police said, according to the medical report, the deceased who was a ranger of Geling gewog in Chukha could have died from a fall as there were no signs of struggle or external injuries.

“His family informed us that he was an alcoholic,” police said. “They didn’t suspect anyone.”

The body was found near a small stream, a few meters before reaching his house. “There had been cases of him lying on the ground after he got drunk,” police said.

On the night of the incident he had gone to the market, according to his wife’s statement to police.

But when the deceased did not return even after midnight, she called him. “We were told that he answered the phone but was suddenely switched off,” police said.

Since he didn’t return home after he got drunk, the wife had not gone looking for him, police said.

Police said there were no signs of robbery as he had his wallet, a small knife and mobile inside his pocket. “He had a small cut on his head, which is suspected he sustained after he fell.”

The body was handed over to the family the same day. Although foul play has been ruled out, police said the case needs further investigation.

By Yangchen C Rinzin, Phuentsholing

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