Gangtok, 07 Sept:

After the recent Namchi fiasco which saw a clash between the police administrations of Sikkim and West Bengal, another controversy has erupted fueled by some media outlets and social media pages about the Sikkim Police providing security to wanted GJM leaders from Darjeeling supposedly in hiding in Sikkim.

On Wednesday, TV News Channel ETV Bangla had reported that Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung along with some other leaders was in hiding at a guesthouse near “Rangeet river” guarded by Sikkim Police personnel.

The report was also widely shared on social media.

Today, the Additional Director General of Police, Special Branch, A. Sudhakar Rao, issued a press statement condemning the news as ‘completely malicious and baseless’.

Mr Rao has underlined that Sikkim Police was a professional organization and that ‘it acts as per the Constitution and Law.’

The ADGP has further stated that ‘never in 120 years in the history of Sikkim Police, such allegations have been made by anyone.’

It may be recalled that on 01 Sept, West Bengal police attempted to effect arrests of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders in Sikkim without adequate documentation and are also alleged to have shot dead a GJM supporter in an encounter carried out near Bhanjyang in South Sikkim.

All this was allegedly done without informing Sikkim Police therefore resulting in an FIR being registered at Namchi Police Station against the Kalimpong Superintendent of Police on charges of murder. Several WB police personnel were also detained in Namchi while some of them, including the Kalimpong SP, fled the State after abandoning their vehicles near Melli check-post.

Following the incident, the West Bengal police claimed that the Sikkim Police was informed about the raid but were feigning ignorance while allegations were also made that Sikkim Police helped Bimal Gurung escape from Namchi.

The WB Police has since then issued a “lookout notice” against Bimal Gurung and some other GJM leaders and yesterday also took out arrests warrants for them.

Meanwhile, media reports also quoted the WB Tourism Minister, Gautam Deb, who has been fast and free with his allegations against Sikkim, its government and its police, as passing comments against the bail granted by the District & Sessions Court at Namchi to Sabitri Chamling, a GTA Sabhasad whom the WB Police had attempted to arrest on 01 Sept, allegedly on gun-point, in Namchi.

This attitude has not gone down well in Sikkim, and Yanzi Pinasha, the lawyer who had successful secure bail for Sabitri Ghising today announced that she was considering to file contempt charges against the WB Minister for his comments against the Sikkim judiciary.