Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sikkim Government welcomes ACT's gesture

Gangtok, August 25: Government of Sikkim in their first reaction to ACT's recent gesture to call off indefinite hunger strike of duo Dawa & Tenzing has welcomed the move.
The State Government welcomed the decision of Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT)’s Dawa Lepcha and Tenzing Lepcha to withdraw from the indefinite hunger strike.
In a letter to the President of ACT Athup Lepcha, dated August 23, 2007, the State Government has welcomed the withdrawal from the indefinite strike by the two youths. Dawa and Tenzing ended their 63 days indefinite hunger strike on August 21, in response to the appeal of the Chief Minster, Pawan Chamling and reposing faith in his commitment to uphold the sanctity of Dzongu.
The State Government has welcomed this gesture and wished the two Lepcha youth speedy recovery and good health.
It may be recalled that ACT has ended the hunger strike after Chief Minister had appealed to stop the strike to create congenial atmosphere for dialogue.Aggrieved The two Lepcha youths had ended their 63 days long strike after taking the fruit juice provided by Shri Athup Lepcha, President of ACT and Mr. Sonam Palzor Lachungpa in presence of the Government representatives and media persons at STNM hosptital here on August 21 evening.
The Government has further expressed that the relay hunger strike too may be ended.
Meanwhile, Lepchas of Kalimpong under the banner of indigenous Lepcha Tribal Association(ILTA) has started the relay hunger strike since August 23 in support of ACT.