Featured Image: A TV grab shows Kalimpong SP and his team being encircled by Sikkim police at Melli check post on Friday afternoon.
By A Newsman
Siliguri, 02 September: THE deteriorating relation between neighbours West Bengal and Sikkim might touch a new low as a video has emerged today that shows Sikkim police yesterday applied physical force in trying to detain the superintendent of police of Kalimpong Ajeet Singh Yadav.
Yadav, leading a team of policemen, had entered Sikkim’s Namchi to nab Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung and other leaders, who are wanted in multiple criminal cases relating to the on-going unrest in Darjeeling Hills. The Bengal police team was in uniform.
The video that has been aired by several local TV channels based in Sikkim, shows Yadav and his team being encircled by a large posse of Sikkim police at the Melli check post while they were returning from Namchi.
The Sikkim police team led by an inspector of Melli police station tried to detain them on the grounds that they had entered Sikkim without informing the authorities there and had allegedly shot dead a GJM cadre named Dawa Bhutia of Kalimpong at Sadam in Namchi.
As the Kalimpong SP tried to walk away, the Sikkim police team applied physical force to stop him. This resulted in a scuffle, during which the armed policemen accompanying the SP intervened and made way for the SP to walk away leaving behind the three cars in which he and his team were travelling.
Even after this, the Sikkim police followed the SP Kalimpong up to the Bengal end of the Melli check post as if they were chasing a proclaimed offender. On stepping into the Bengal territory, the Kalimpong SP and his team some other vehicles to reach their headquarters.
The senior superintendent of South Sikkim district, Pratap Pradhan, has said that an FIR under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder) and 34 (crime with common intention) has been registered against the Kalimpomng SP and his team in connection with the killing of Dawa Bhutia. This is even as he maintained no Sikkim policemen were present at the spot where Bhutia was found dead.
“Bengal police did not give us any prior information that they were coming to Sikkim in search of wanted people in their state. This is totally unacceptable and unprofessional act,” he said.
A lawyer in Siliguri, however, said that under section 48 of the CrPC, a police officer can go to any part of the country, without warrant, to arrest a wanted person. The law does not stipulate that for this, the local police shall have to be informed in advance.