GANGTOK: A deeply distressing incident came to light on Monday, casting a shadow over the peaceful village of Jushingthang in the Soreng District of Mangalbaria, Sikkim.
The local Panchayat authorities, in a candid revelation, exposed a horrifying act perpetrated by a 41-year-old man named Phurba Bhutia. The alleged attacker, Phurba Bhutia, targeted five individuals in the community, unleashing a ruthless assault that left the victims, including his wife, Phurba Lhamu Bhutia, his daughter Yangchen Doma Bhutia, a 16-year-old named Namit Lepcha, Passang Choden Lepcha, and an innocent 5-year-old child named Sangmo Bhutia, with grievous injuries.
In response to this tragic event, the local Panchayat acted swiftly, ensuring that justice was sought. They promptly filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the accused at the Kaluk Police Station. As a consequence of these legal actions, Phurba Bhutia was apprehended by the authorities and taken into custody.
Phurba Bhutia now faces serious charges under sections 307/326 of the Indian Penal Code, reflecting the gravity of the alleged offenses he has committed.
Meanwhile, all the victims are currently receiving medical care and treatment at the STNM Hospital in Gangtok, as they embark on the path to recovery and healing. The motives behind this appalling attack are yet to be determined, leaving the community in shock and seeking answers to this unsettling incident.
Earlier, the Sikkim government has taken significant action in response to the case of the late student leader Padam Gurung, who died earlier this year. Two police officers have been suspended, and the former Superintendent of Police (SP) of Namchi has been show caused for their roles during the preliminary investigation into Gurung's death, based on recommendations from the Justice N K Verma commission report.