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Sikkim Police slap murder charges against Kalimpong police super

The Bengal government has not commented on the matter so far.

kolkata Updated: Sep 02, 2017 10:56 IST
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Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling wrote to the Centre on June 20 expressing his support for Gorkhaland.(HT Photo)

The dispute between Mamata Banerjee government and Pawan Chamling administration over Gorkhaland can turn into a full blown confrontation with Sikkim Police slapping murder charges against the superintendent of police of Kalimpong district following the death of a 34-year old in Sikkim on Friday afternoon.

Dawa Bhutia, 34, who was a resident of Kalimpong, died when a team of policemen from Bengal opened fire at a place called Saddam near Namchi (the headquarters of South district).

Read: Sikkim police prevent Bengal team from taking away arrested GJM members

An FIR has been registered at Namchi police station in South district of Sikkim under section 302/34 of IPC against Ajit Singh Yadav, the Kalimpong police super and his team. Yadav did not want to comment on the matter on Saturday morning.

File picture of a vehicle burnt by agitators in Darjeeling. The situation in the hills is again becoming complicated feel police officers. ( HT Photo )

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.

“We will register a case,” Pradhan said on Friday. The young man was the driver of Dawa Lepcha who was a member of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, the autonomous body set up to run the affairs of the hills.

READ: Sikkim did not merge with India to become a sandwich between China and Bengal: CM Pawan Chamling

“An innocent man has died. If the Bengal government has violated the law and entered a different state, we condemn it,” said Jan Andolan Party chief Harka Bahadur Chettri.

The of policemen team, some of whom were in uniform and some in plain clothes, entered South district of the Himalayan to raid the spot in Majhitar where Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung was holding a central committee meeting. The Morcha president, who is on the run after being slapped UA(P)A sections, managed to escape. Majhitar is near Namchi, the headquarters of South district.

The confrontation between the police of the two states heightened on Friday evening when Sikkim Police refused the team from Bengal to take away six GJM members who were arrested by them.

“They could not produce any arrest warrant, or any other document. 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.

The Bengal Police team entered Sikkim in several vehicles through the Melli check post. Sikkim Police also detained a few vehicles of the Bengal police team.

According to sources, the GJM members arrested by Bengal police included Sabitri Rai, Hemant Gautam, Raj Thapa, Shanker Adhikari, Jagdish Singh and Bimal Rai.

However, the station house officer of Namchi police station told HT that only Sabitri Rai has been ‘arrested’ by Bengal Police and they are expected to produce her in court on Saturday for transit remand.

First Published: Sep 02, 2017 10:56 IST