Panchayat booked for violating Sec 144

Gangtok, March 31:

Gram Panchayat member of Nimtar under Namcheybong GPU, Kishor Rai, has been booked under Section 188/34 of the Indian Penal Code along with Project Manager of Rongey Chu Hydroelectric Project, Hom Bahadur, for violating provisions of Section 144 of the CrPC.

The Ward Panchayat is alleged to have assembled over 14-15 villagers for distribution of relief package in the residential quarter of Project Manager, Rongey Chu HP, even though the lockdown was in force and such assembly not required or even advisable.

Reports suggest that this assembly was organized even though the Project Manager was under Home Quarantine and was under surveillance of the District Task Force.

The Project Manager has been booked for facilitating the assembly. Both have been shifted to facility quarantine while those who visited the house have been put under home quarantine, informs DC East, Raj Yadav.