Bhutanese refugee leader Bhampa Rai passes away


Dr Bhampa Rai, a Bhutanese refugee leader who lived in Damak, Jhapa, has died.

He breathed his last at Nobel Hospital in Biratnagar at 2:40 a.m. on Sunday. He was 75.

Bhampa Rai has been at the forefront of the repatriation of Bhutanese refugees for the past 30 years. Rai was suffering from stomach disease and had surgery for a hernia five days ago.

Rai was rushed to Lifeline Hospital, Damak, on Saturday after he complained of pain in his chest. He was then taken to the Nobel Hospital.

Rai’s last rites will be performed in Damak on Sunday in accordance with Kirat rituals.

He had been living alone after the death of his parents and wife.