Gangtok, 02 Apr: Sikkim Democratic Front has alleged that a group of around 50 Sikkim KrantikariMorcha (SKM) youth cadre wrongfully restrained and attacked Youth Convenor of SDF,BikashRai, of NamchiSingithang on 01 Apr.
In a press release issued today, SDF spokesperson and LokSabha MP, PD Rai has said that BikashRai and his two brothers were threatened, attacked and their vehicles damaged with iron rods and metal pipes.The victims were attacked with knives and one of the accused persons, BasuRai, is the brother of Ganesh Rai, SKM candidate from Namchi-Singithang constituency, MrRai claims.An FIR has been lodged against the SKM supporters involved in this attack in Namchi police station, he adds.
The party has further alleged that a private bolero vehicle of ZillaPanchayat,Yadunath Mishra was also vandalized by SKM workers at Perbing on 31 March while SDF youth, UpenRai was stabbed by SKM youth, Joel Rai at Pabong under PoklokKamrang constituencyon 27 March. The victim is in critical condition, it is added.
Accusing SKM of propagating violence, PD Rai has said that such violence has become a daily occurrence.
“We strongly condemn the acts of vandalism that took place last night and hope that better sense would prevail in the minds of SKM leadership. At SDF, we are committed to maintaining peace, harmony and upholding democratic ideals and rule of law, and as such, we expect every other party to do the same in the best interest of the people of Sikkim,” MrRai has said.
The SDF MP has also raised doubts about the possibility of goons from outside the State being hired by SKM.