Gangtok: Nine people were arrested on Sunday, all of whom were seen as burning the effigy of Sikkim icon Bhaichung Bhutia.
They have been released on bail as sections 188 IPC and 51 of DM act are bailable. The police will continue its search for six more persons accused in the case.
Indian football icon and politician Bhaichung Bhutia‘s effigy was burned in the heart of Namchi at Central Park Square in South Sikkim.
A video circulating on social media shows a few women in groups during the effigy burning with the former Indian football captain’s photo in it. The effigy was kicked around with calls of ‘Bhaichung Bhutia Murdabad.’
The women were later identified to be members of Dakshin Sikkim Nari Sangh (South Sikkim Women Wing).
The protest followed Bhutia’s opposition to the construction of a 300-bed hospital in Namchi, South Sikkim. Bhutia claimed that the construction of the new hospital would compromise the famous ‘veterinary ground’, considered the only playground in Namchi.
On June 5, Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay had laid the foundation stone for the 300-bed hospital.
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