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Tendu gup accused of gambling

Former Gup of Tendu Pema Wangchuk filed a police complaint against Tendu Gup Nima Dukpa yesterday for gambling in public domain.

The Gup who is also the Thrinzing of Samtse Dzongkhag Tshogdu has been alleged of gambling in one of the classrooms of Kachin Community School on January 1 when a gathering was organized to celebrate a picnic in the school.

Talking to Business Bhutan, Pema Wangchuk said he complained about the matter to Sipsoo police but he received the evidence late because of which he could not lodge the complaint earlier.

He further said that he is setting a bad example among the people. “How can he gamble in public and that also in the school?”

Business Bhutan also got a one minute video clip where a group of people were seen gambling.

Section 393 of the Bhutan Penal Code states: “A defendant shall be guilty of the offence of gambling, if the defendant stakes or wagers something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance, or a future contingent event not under the defendant’s control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that the defendant will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome while Section 394 grades the offence of gambling as a petty misdemeanor.

A one page complaint written to the Sipsoo police mentioned that as an elected leader of the gewog administration, he should be a role model and inspiration to youth and other villagers while as the head of gewog, he should be responsible for maintaining law and order as well as ensuring that the people abide by the law of the country. “It is disheartening to find him gamble in public which is not only setting a bad example for the people but is also a violation of the Penal Code of kingdom of Bhutan.”

Along with the complaint letter, the video clip was also submitted to the police.

The officer-in-charge of Sipsoo police station said that the case is under preliminary investigation and he cannot comment further.

Meanwhile, Nima Dukpa said that the allegation framed against him is baseless and he has his own clarification to justify his stand. “It was during the picnic and I played few rounds of cards just to pass time,” he said.

Tendu gewog falls under Tashichholing Dungkhag.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu