Sikkim Pre-poll violence gaining momentum

Pre-poll violence seems to be gaining momentum in Sikkim as after Thursday’s clashes in parts of South District, a stage being prepared at the public playground in Jorethang for the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front’s 22nd foundation day celebrations, was torched around midnight by unknown miscreants.

The SDF protest rally in Jorethang on Friday.
The SDF protest rally in Jorethang on Friday.

The Jorethang police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control to prevent a major damage.  Police sources said a case under U/S 435 has been registered against some unknown persons and investigations have been launched. Following the incident, the district administration has beefed up security in town and is monitoring areas marked as sensitive.

Condemning the incident, the SDF today took out a rally where about 300 men and women supporters shouted slogans demanding the immediate arrest of the culprits. KN Rai, political advisor to the chief minister, MLA Madan Cinturi and South District SDF in-charge GM Gurung also participated in the rally. The SDF also condemned Thursday’s violence during which some houses and vehicles belonging to party supporters were vandalised.

KN Rai asserted the Sikkimese people will continue supporting the SDF and the party will continue with its activities to develop the state. He claimed the SDF will retain power at the polls as it has demonstrated good governance.


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