Bengal Tourism Minister blames Sikkim for unjustified interference
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 03-Sep-2017

Darjeeling, September 3: A situation of inter-state conflict arises regarding Darjeeling issue. Bengal Tourism Minister Goutam Deb blamed Sikkim for interfering in the issue without any proper reason whereas, on the other hand, Sikkim’s ruling party Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) criticized Bengal police. The conflict started as Bengal Police launched a raid at Namchi in Sikkim and arrested six people. During this mission of Bengal Police, one person was allegedly killed.

On Saturday SDF leader Abinash Yakha said, “Bengal Police has disregarded federal state System by entering Sikkim. It tried to disrupt the peaceful situation in Sikkim.”

Bengal police issued a look-out notice for Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung and GJM general secretary Roshan Giri and youth wing president Prakash Gurung. After that police raided the mentioned area in Sikkim. As per local news report, Sikkim police did not allow Bengal police to bring the arrested in the conducted raid and withheld Darjeeling police. Sikkim police claimed that Bengal did not inform them about the raid.

Bengal police and authority got pissed off with the total incident. “It is unfortunate that our neighboring State is protecting those against whom cases have been lodged under serious Section like UAPA [Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act],” Goutam Deb said.

“Sikkim is a peaceful State where there are hardly any incidents of violence. It is not the way West Bengal police should behave. West Bengal government should not try to bully Sikkim,” P.D. Rai, SDF MP, said.