Gangtok, October 16, 2012:
Demanding the arrest of rebel party legislator Prem Singh Golay for allegedly ‘masterminding’ Namthang violence, the ruling SDF party has admitted intelligence failure of the part of the administration which led to attack on its supporters with deadly weapons on October 14 evening.
“There were trained fighters in Golay group armed with sharp weapons and iron rods which attacked our supporters at Namthang. It seems they had come prepared with such weapons. There has been some lapse on the administration as they passed through check posts from East district to Namthang. All of us were caught by surprise and even the Namthang police was helpless against the violent mob”, said GM Gurung to reporters.
Golay and his supporters had proceeded towards Namthang to attend a funeral immediately after concluding a meeting in Assam Lingzey. The violence broke out soon afterwards where eleven people were injured and 29 Golay supporters arrested by police for rioting with deadly weapons.