GANGTOK, 3 APRIL: Sikkim Police have arrested 25 activists from the Opposition Sikkim Himali Rajya Parishad Party for pasting posters targeting the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling across Gangtok today.
The posters came up in the town against the backdrop of the chief minister having raked up the national identity crisis plaguing the Nepali-speaking Indians settled in Sikkim. The SHRP in the posters demanded that Mr Chamling reveal the name of the person who is purported to have sent a missive to the Centre, maligning the Sikkimese Nepali-speaking community.
The posters also demanded the Chamling government to nab the persons who are supposed to be behind anonymous booklets targeting a specific community with a view to create inter-ethnic distemper in the ethinically sensitive state. Those arrested, including five women workers of the Opposition party, were booked under Section 3 of Sikkim Prevention of Defacement of Public Properties Act. 1988. They would be detained for 24 hours at the Sadar Police station in Gangtok, police said.
Gangtok Mayor and SDF youth leader K N Topgay who had reached the police station criticised the move of defacing public property in Gangtok. He demanded strong action against the accused.