In an unfortunate event that shook the whole nation, a twenty-three-year-old monk was arrested at the Tanalung checkpoint in what was termed as the biggest scandal in Bhutanese History; the monk was said to have smuggled chilies from across the border. Upon thorough investigation, it was revealed that he managed to slip in forty-eight pieces of chilies in his underwear. “We spotted something fishy, as the boy was crying because of the hot chili in his underwear,” said the checkpoint police who caught the boy. The seized chilies will be sent to Calcutta for forensic examination.
“The Government is doing everything to track down such illegal smuggling and sale of chilies,” said the police head Dasho Dhew Naku.
The Monk who is in police custody will be tried in the Court and might face up to five years in prison.
Duptho, MP from Ambari-Falakata constituency questioned the Agriculture Minister during the Parliamentary session to which the Minister replied: “Hema-Hema and Ema-Ema will both remain banned in our country,” and hi-fived everyone near him.
Many outraged youths took to the social media condemning the act as inhumane and brutal. Some even pointed that the Government is planning to make everyone develop goiter once again. However, Dr. Lotey was quick to point out that the goiter is caused by the lack of iodine and not chili.
Namgay Zam, a popular ex-journalist from a Japanese news channel based in Bhutan called BBS started a petition on change.org which she wishes to submit to the supreme court of Bhutan. The chief justice, however, raised his concern for the environment and requested the petition to be submitted in a PDF format.
On the positive side, Dr. Toka, leading diarrhea specialist from JDWNRH hospital reported that the number of patients with diarrhea had been significantly reduced since the chili ban.
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