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Meat shop owner to appeal against court sentence

Kipchu, Bumthang
Sep 11, 2017

Bumthang district court

An owner of a meat shop in Chamkhar town is appealing against a Bumthang district court’s decision, which includes stripping him of his business license. 

Besides ordering the cancellation of his shop license, the court has sentenced the meat shop owner to about five months in prison for larceny and illegal slaughter of four oxen.

He committed the crime with four other accomplices who were all awarded a jail term of three months.

The meat shop owner was also ordered to pay a compensation of Nu 220,000 to the cattle owners.  In addition, the owner, who is from India, has to pay Nu 130,200 to the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) for breaching the Livestock Act of Bhutan 2001 and the Livestock Rules and Regulations of Bhutan 2008.

The five men, three Bhutanese and two Indians, stole an ox belonging to a farmer in Jalikhar village and slaughtered the animal at a construction site. They committed the crime on May 22.

As police interrogated the men, one of them revealed that it was the fourth time the group committed such a crime.

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