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Sikkim police prevent Bengal team from taking away arrested GJM members

The tension between the two states started on June 20 when Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling wrote to Union home minister Rajnath Singh expressing his support for the new state being demanded by the Gorkhas.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2017 21:38 IST
Pramod Giri
Supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chant slogans before burning copies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement during a protest in Dagapur village on the outskirts of Siliguri on June 27, 2017.
Supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chant slogans before burning copies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement during a protest in Dagapur village on the outskirts of Siliguri on June 27, 2017. (AFP File Photo)

The tension between Sikkim and West Bengal over Gorkhaland is set to rise as Sikkim Police on Friday detained a team of six Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) members arrested by Bengal policemen.

The team entered the south district of the Himalayan state allegedly without informing Sikkim administration.

The Bengal police team raided a spot in Majhitar near Namchi (South district headquarters) where a meeting of central committee members of the GJM was taking place. Sikkim Police detained the six arrested at Namchi police station.

The Bengal Police will need to obtain a transit remand from a Sikkim court, Pratap Pradhan, senior superintendent of police of Sikkim’s south district told HT.

Pradhan also alleged that Dawa Bhutia, 34, who is a resident of Kalimpong, died when policemen from Bengal opened fire at a place called Saddam near Namchi (the headquarters of South district). “We will register a case,” said Pradhan.

The tension between the two states started on June 20 when Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling wrote to Union home minister Rajnath Singh expressing his support for the new state being demanded by the Gorkhas. Bengal government promptly opposed Chamling’s stance, calling it an unwelcome interference.

“They have to take those arrested away on transit remand granted by a court. The team of Bengal police came into SIkkim territory without informing us,” said Pradhan. However, he did not reveal the identity of those arrested by Bengal police.