Gangtok August 17, 2012:
Three BPL family houses were demolished on August 14 on the charge of trespassing the neighbours’ land at Shipsutar, Manglee under the Temi Namphing constituency. Til Bahadur Limboo, Chesmati Limboo and Goutam Katuwal have befallen homeless since 14th August after the demolition of their house due to land controversy issue.
Meanwhile, they have taken shelter at Manglee ground and are waiting essential support from the Government, society and organizations. Speaking with the media, one of the victims said that without any notification the Government official destroyed their houses and that they posses Sikkim Subject. They were residing at Sainotaar, adjacent to the land of Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC) leader, Major T. Gyasto. The locals have been lending support for the basic necessities as the victims don’t have anything, he added. Further, they have appealed the Government to look into the matter at the earliest as they are facing many problems. The Panchayats after coming to know about the incident also visited the temporary shelter today.
DC South, AK Singh informing about the same notified that Major Gyasto had filed a case under section 145 CRPC at DC office in January 2012 alleging that the three families have been constructing houses illegally in his land. The DC himself inspected the place and had formed an enquiry committee. On the other hand Gyatso also had filed a case in the lower Court, which had ordered that his land be restored at the earliest. Following the orders of the lower Court, the DC ordered for the restoration of Gyatso’s land which was trespassed.
The DC also informed that the victims have also filed a case in the High Court and the case is under process.
Meanwhile the locals insist that the Government and the NGOs need to provide them a proper temporary shelter on humanitarian consideration until the High Court’s verdict. “The families do not have anything and can’t stay longer at the camp,” they added.