Sikkim Police has arrested nine people in connection with the burning of an effigy of former India football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia at Namchi in South Sikkim district. The infamous incident occured on June 10. According to police, the accused persons were arrested from Namchi town on June 13 evening.
The accused persons, all of them women are reportedly members of the Dakshin Sikkim Nari Sangh. They held a protest march in Namchi town last week in violation of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown condemning the former Captain's objection to the construction of a 300-bedded hospital at the cost of Rs 500 crore in Namchi town for which Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang laid a foundation stone on June 5. Bhutia is said to have objected to the construction of the new hospital as it would compromise the famous 'veterinary ground', considered to be the only playground in Namchi.
A video showing the protestors raising slogans like 'Bhaichung Bhutia murdabaad' before setting his effigy on fire at Namchi Central Park Square in South Sikkim has gone viral.
44-year-old Bhutia, who is on a commentary assignment for Euro Football Championship, has released a video message condemning the incident. Bhutia, who is also the working President of the Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP), has clarified that he had never opposed the hospital project per se, but opined that the Sikkim Government could utilise the resources and funds to contain coronavirus pandemic now and built the hospital later on. Bhutia has slammed the misplaced priorities of the Prem Singh Tamang led Sikkim government.
All the arrested persons have been released on bail as sections 188 IPC and 51 of Disaster Management Act are bailable. Police said they will continue hunting for six more persons accused in the case.
Head of world's biggest family, Pu Zionnghaka, also known as Zion Chana of Mizoram reportedly passed away on Sunday afternoon. He breathed his last at Trinity Hospital in Aizawl.
Zion Chana was husband to 39 wives. He fathered 94 children and was grandfather to many grandchildren. Born on 21 July 1945, 76 year old, Pu Zionnghaka was suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. He was the leader of Chana páwl, a Christian sect formed in June 1942.
The family lives in a 100-room, four storey house in Baktwang Tlangnuam village of Mizoram’s Serchhip district.
Commedian Thokchom Surmangol, popularly known as "Englishman Saba" for his roles in Nokphade Comic Series and a number of Manipuri Films succumbed to COVID-19 at JNIMS on June 13 morning. He was 46.
The late Commedian from Thoubal Kshetri Leikai in Thoubal District was a special guest on Impact News Saturday Night Show which was aired on March 9, 2019. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and one son.
Film fraternity, Nokphade team, fans and his near and dear ones have condoled his untimely demise.
"MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE"