SIBLAC files FIR against advocate Goel and NB Khatiwada for inflammatory comments

Gangtok, 29 Jul:

The Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee [SIBLAC], in a press communiqué issued today, has informed of an FIR filed against Delhi-based advocate, Manoj Goel, NB Khatiwada and others for what it sees as inflammatory comments made by them against the Bhutia community at a function held at a local hotel here on 25 June, last month.

Mr Goel and Mr Khatiwada, SIBLAC convenor Tseten Tashi Bhutia, contends displayed “premeditated mindset” in their respective addresses “with common intention to create fear, panic and communal tension”.

“The ink which inserted Article 371F in the Indian Constitution has not yet dried and the effect is yet to sink into Sikkimese mind and heart. And it is deliberate and planned events like 25.06.2018 that unleash threat and intimidation to the BL community of Sikkim by people with vested interest including Manoj Goel and NB Khatiwada who deliberately wants to create tension and communal riots in our State,” the press release contends

Such comments coming from someone [Mr Goel] who “doesn't know the history of Sikkim” were unacceptable as were statements attributed to Mr Khatiwada, who, as a former MLA of Sikkim.

“The same are punishable under the IPC as well as SC&ST [Prevention of Atrocities] Act,” the release contends.

The FIR filed at the Sadar Police Station here also seeks that Mr Goel, Mr Khatiwada and others be processed under the relevant sections of the IPC and the SC&ST [Prevention of Atrocities] Act.