Insult to Sahid Durga Malla: Sikkim Gorkha Jagran Sangh
The Sikkim Gorkha Jagran Sangh today voiced their protest against the south district administration for cancelling the previously accorded permission to hold a function on August 25 at Namchi community hall.
The function was to observe ‘Balidan Diwas’ in memory of martyred national freedom fighter Major Durga Malla. Permission had been given earlier but later it was cancelled by the administration apprehending problems.
“We were initially given written permission to hold the function but we received another letter on August 21 that the permission has been cancelled. The reason cited by the district administration is that there is likelihood of tension if speech related with any specific community is delivered on the occasion,” said Sangh east district president Deo Kumar Pradhan.
He was speaking to reporters here at Press Club of Sikkim.
“Sikkim Gorkha Jagran Samaj is an apolitical organization and has never been involved in any undesired activities. We strongly condemn this kind of treatment from the administration,” said Pradhan.
The denial of permission by the south district administration is an insult to national freedom fighter Major Malla, asserted the Sangh office-bearer.
Major Malla had been hanged to death by the British India government on August 25, 1994. In recognition of his contributions for the national freedom movement, the Indian government installed his statue at the Parliament complex in 2004. The statue had been unveiled by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
August 25 is annually celebrated by various Gorkha associations across the country as Balidan Diwas in memory of the freedom fighter from Indian Gorkha community.
“We had a programme of unveiling a four feet tall wooden statue of Malla on the occasion. The function was supposed to be attended by around 3000 people. This act has deeply hurt us and we have also submitted a letter to the Chief Secretary in this matter,” said the Sikkim Gorkha Jagran Sangh members.
The Sangh has now decided to organize the function at a private hall in Jorethang.
When contacted, south district collector Raj Yadav said: “The organization is not registered and there is a police report that the members of the Sangh have given speeches in particular t