Govt issues fast deadline

Gangtok, July 26: The Sikkim government has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to members of Affected Citizens’ of Teesta (ACT) to withdrawing the hunger strike.

In a strongly-worded letter, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, chief secretary N.D. Chingapa has “sincerely” appealed to the “genuine” members of ACT to introspect on the ongoing hunger strike and the likelihood of it being used by anti-national and anti­state forces.

Chingapa also heads the special panel created to solve the issue.

The government has “requested” that the hunger strike be called off in public interest within 24 hours from the time of receipt of the letter, failing which the state government would have no alternative, but to take necessary action as per law.

The hunger-strike entered its 36th day today.

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