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Those involved in offence against National Heritage still on the loose

Dec 24, 2012

13ElephantTusks+RhinoHorn_Stolen+6LhakhangsA total of 13 elephant tusks and a rhino horn were stolen from six Lhakhangs across the country since August this year.  A police record shows a total of 91 offences against the cultural and national heritage last year alone. This year a total of 13 such cases have been reported.

The recent robbery took place at Ugen Tsemo Lhakhang above Taktshang Monastery in Paro. Two pairs of elephant tusks were stolen on Thursday night. Police say the burglars entered into the Lhakhang by removing the steel window grill. They left behind a knife and a car wheel wrench which was apparently used by the burglars to break in.

A rhino horn and a pair of elephant tusks were also stolen from Yami Goenpa in Punakha recently. While in November, a pair of elephant tusks from Pugmola Lhakhang in Thimphu and one elephant tusk from Masipokto Lhakhang in Wangdue was stolen.

In the month of September Shoba Lhakhang in Wangdue lost a pair of elephant tusks. In August, Pangkha Goenpa also in Wangdue lost a pair of elephant tusk.

All the Lhakhangs are located in isolated places. As of now none of the miscreants have been caught and the cases are still under investigation.

According to the police, the delay to report such crime and porous border make nabbing those involved difficult.

The Crime and Operations Branch of police has announced a reward of Nu.100, 000 to those who give information about the cases.


6 Comments for “Those involved in offence against National Heritage still on the loose”

  1. Inorder to avoid future burglaries, I would propose installing hitec CAMERAS. The concern authorities have been sleeping till date despite such past incidences to our Lhakhangs.

    Let us save our precious nangtens.

  2. Get No Happiness

    This not police father’s money, it is public money. I think one of their own men robbed n will catch n get money or this is all trick.

  3. Phuntsho Tshering

    What are those care takers doing?? only collecting the offerings (Nyendar) from lhakhangs and not looking after???
    It is their responsibility.

  4. Ki

    goood suggestion by ata yongba


    those involved in burglary must be punished with life imprisonment without bail or cash payment in lien of prisonment. the rules should be very, very strick for these peoples involved in Lhakhang/temple robbery.

  6. shita

    yeah it is the fault of the care takers like said by phuntsho…first and the foremost we should question the care takers….my suggestion is strick check up in da check posts as the people stealing will sell it outside….and as it is 21 century cctv cameras should be put up in these temples as it is our national treasures……

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