The rally comprised members from CLOS, Sikkim Association for Environment, Sangha of Dzongu, including monks from Dzongu. The monks at the front of the rally were blocked by the police and state authorities even as they tried to make their way towards the Gandhi statue at MG Marg in Gangtok to offer Khadas (traditional scarf) and garlands, which was part of their agitation programme. "What and where is democracy if we are not allowed to hold a peace rally on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday," questioned the agitators.
The police managed to bring the commotion under control by arresting 38 of the agitators. "No rally is allowed on MG Marg in Gangtok as it creates public inconvenience," explained Mr Vishal Chauhan DC East. "Government permission is compulsory for any procession or rally within the town area but they did not have any," he added. "They were just creating public nuisance as panchayat elections are round the corner. Although we pleaded with them they ignored our request and we had to apprehend them ultimately," said Mr MS Tuli, SP East. "They have just been detained and would be released after 24 hours," he added.