Cong rejects State’s excuses on the illegal entry from Melli episode

July 6, 2020



Gangtok, 05 Jul:

Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee president, Bharat Basnet, today claimed that the people of Sikkim were not satisfied with the report of the enquiry committees on the illegal entry of five persons into Sikkim from Melli check-post recently.

On the same, he demanded that the State government constitute an Independent Enquiry Committee headed by either a retired Chief Secretary or Judge to enquire into the matter. He asserted that leaders of opposition parties need to come together on such a sensitive matter.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Basnet alleged that the press briefing of Sikkim Police has exposed administrative lapses and revealed that the state administration has made many mistakes just to cover-up one mistake.

He mentioned that such lapses carried serious connotations in a sensitive border State like Sikkim when the nation was not only battling COVID-19 but was also facing border problems with China.

He informed that the state-unit has been updating the party high command with every detail.

Mr Basnet questioned how a suspension order issued by the Superintendent of Police [South] was being revoked by the Chief Secretary and wondered aloud why the CS was featuring so frequently in this incident.

Mr Basnet alleged that the administrative lapse has violated all protocols, rules and regulations made for COVID-19.

He highlighted that the people of Sikkim gave the mandate to SKM in the hope that it will give Sikkim a responsible and responsive government.

“To keep its image clear, the State government should take strict action or own up to  all the lapses,” he said.

He further urged the Governor to take action on the incident. He also demanded that the quarantine of the five persons in question be transformed to custodial quarantine.

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