KB Rai rejects police excuses, demands high-level enquiry into Melli episode

Gangtok, 05 Jul:

Sikkim Republican Party president, KB Rai has registered deep dissatisfaction with the excuses offered by Sikkim Police DIG [Range] during a press conference regarding the illegal entry of five persons into Sikkim from Melli check-post.

He alleged today that the details presented during the press conference appear concocted and pre-planned. The people of Sikkim, he contended, are not convinced with the explanation.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Mr Rai stated that the police cover-up has been shoddy and clearly coordinated to protect an abuse of office by the top brass.

He demanded that the State government constitute a high-level independent enquiry committee headed by either a retired Chief Secretary or Judge to get to the bottom of the matter and find out the truth.

He stressed that the government should suspend the DGP, SHO and all others connected to the matter before starting an enquiry. He added that a question mark still hangs over the Chief Secretary’s role in the entire episode so he cannot be involved in any way in an enquiry committee.

He has demanded an enquiry into the telephonic records being presented by the police as well.

He added that if the party’s demands were not addressed, they will write to the concerned Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Governor on the matter and request them to constitute an enquiry committee.