Northeast Sikkim

Baichung Bhutia’s effigy burnt by women protestors for opposing hospital construction

The members of Dakshin Sikkim Nari Sangh (South Sikkim Women wing) burnt the effigy of Indian football icon and politician Bhaichung Bhutia at Namchi, Central Park Square in South Sikkim. The protest was against Bhutia’s opposition to construct 300 bedded hospital in Namchi.

A viral video circulated on many social media platforms shows few women in groups burning the effigy of the former Indian football captain.

Bhaichung Bhutia opposed the construction of a 300 bedded hospital in Namchi, South Sikkim.

He had claimed that the construction of the new hospital would compromise the famous ‘veterinary ground‘, considered as the only playground in Namchi.

Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Golay had laid the foundation stone of the said 300 bedded hospital on June 5.

The Hamro Sikkim Party’s working president had slammed the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha government for their “misplaced priority” during the pandemic. The president also suggested that the hospital could be shifted to a different location in South Sikkim.

On the other hand, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha on Tuesday said the hospital construction would not stop at any cost.
They questioned Bhaichung why he never opposed the construction of the upcoming Bhaichung Stadium in Namchi.

“We are taking appropriate action as per law. There was no arrest made but we identified them to belong to a group called Dakshin Sikkim Nari Sangh. We came to know only after the protest concluded and later police personnel were deployed at the scene. This is a violation of lockdown protocol and appropriate action will be taken,” said South District Magistrate Bharani Kumar.

He said, “Names of the individual have not been ascertained yet, police will carry out an inquiry. Once we get the report we will initiate legal action against them. We have asked for a detailed report from the Station House Officer in Namchi.”

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