Bhutanese refuges going to Bhutan to meet their political prisoner relatives

Damak, Jan 21: Forty Bhutanese refugees are going to Bhutan to meet their relatives, who have been facing jail term at Chemgang Central Jail there. The Nepal Red Cross Society, Jhapa, made this arrangement with the coordination of the International Red Cross.

There are 28 political prisoners in the Central Jail, Bhutan, it is learnt. Each Bhutanese refugee going to meet their political prisoner relative in the Central Jail would get Rs 4,000 as travel allowance and four members of a family of each political prisoner would be taken on the visit.The relatives of the prisoners would also get chance to spend two days with them. According to Jhapa Red Cross Society, the International Red Cross Society has been providing such facility to the Bhutanese refugees under the ‘renewed family contact’ programme for the past two decades.

The Bhutanese refugees in eastern Nepal have been taken to third countries since the past eight years under the third country resettlement scheme