The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday directed the superintendent of police in Sikkim’s Gangtok to furnish an action taken report within eight weeks in connection with the April 8 incident of violence in the Singtam town.
This comes after some unidentified miscreants had attacked the joint action committee (JAC) general secretary Keshav Sapkota during a rally in Singtam earlier this month on April 8.
Following the incident, Keshav Sapkota had to be immediately rushed to district hospital Singtam with injuries. From there, he was then referred to CRH Manipal for further medical treatment.
Meanwhile, a case numbered 16/2023 dated 08/04/2023 was registered by the JAC under sections 325/34 of the Indian Penal Code against unknown persons.
According to reports, at least 14 people were arrested in connection with the matter including councilor Suresh Tamang.
On the other hand, Suresh Tamang had also filed an FIR against Keshav Sapkota and K N Towari claiming that his friend Ajay Tamang was also injured in the incident after being hit on his head with an iron hammer by Keshav Sapkota, Kedarnath Tiwari, Navin Karki and others with an intention to kill.
The injured, Ajay Tamang was also taken to Singtam district hospital for medical treatment and was later referred to CRH Manipal for improved treatment.
It may be noted that on April 8, violence broke out in the Singtam town of Sikkim which falls partly in the Gangtok district and Pakyong district. The incident took place during a rally organized by the joint action committee (JAC). The rally was intended to be peaceful, however, unidentified miscreants attacked the JAC general secretary Keshav Sapkota prompting violent outbursts.
Elsewhere, violence erupted at Kaliaganj in West Bengal’s Uttar Dinajpur district on Saturday as locals took out protests against the alleged rape and murder of a minor. Local police resorted to lathi charge and used tear gas shells in a bid to control the crowd as local shops were set on fire.