Former PM Thinley, NC chairperson allegedly under house arrest


Unverified report has claimed that former Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Druk Phuntsho Tshokpa (DPT), Jigmi Y Thinley, and former chairperson of the National Council (NC), Namgay Penjore, are under house arrest in Thimphu.

Jigmi Y Thinley
Jigmi Y Thinley

The official website of the Non-Resident Bhutanese Network (NRBN) reported Thursday that Thinley’s former press secretary Tendzin Rigden, and filmmaker Tshering Gyaltshen are also reportedly under the house arrest in the capital city.

“All detainees have no access to outside communications, and been kept under army surveillance,” said the NRBN website. However, the reason for their house arrested has not been mentioned by the portal, which is mostly updated by Chief Executive cum Chairperson of the Bhutan National Democratic Party (BNDP), Dr DNS Dhakal.

The Bhutan News Service is trying to verify the authenticity of the report through various sources as no media from inside Bhutan have reported this story.

Following the DPT’s fatal defeat during the second democratic election that took place in July, Thinley hasn’t make any public appearance. He has also remained aloof from social media.

An escalating rumor on Thinley is that he is enjoying a family trip in the Thai capital since July, while another says that he has joined the United Nations.


  1. This is all conspiracy of PDP and Monarch of Bhutan. These allies conspire in the election and cause a big loss for our party(DPT), and now to uproot our party completely, house arrest of our DPT senior leader is ongoing.

    The doom day of Bhutanese Monarch is coming soon! Short live the Monarch!

  2. Thanks for publishing the article in BNS. If it is not true soon JYT and other persons would refute the news clips. There was rumbling in DPT after the election though our people are capable of making fake posture when needed!!
    Dr Dhakal