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GJMM bandh peaceful in Kurseong

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 10, 2009

KURSEONG / SILIGURI, 9 JULY: The 12-hour bandh convened in Kurseong sub-division by the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha demanding immediate release of three supporters arrested in connection with a clash at Mirik on 7 July with GNLF supporters, passed off peacefully today. The bandh was almost total.
The GJMM assistant secretary Mr Binay Tamang said the Mirik incident was a conspiracy of the state urban development minister Mr Asok Bhattacharya and the north Bengal IGP Mr KL Tamta. “ Mr Bhattacharya and Mr Tamta were trying to disrupt peace in the hills,” he said. Mr Tamang informed that his party would organize a rally and public meeting at Panighatta tomorrow in protest against the incident. “The GJMM chief Mr Bimal Gurung would attend the meeting and announce the future programme of the party. The GJMM Siliguri, Kurseong and Mirik branch supporters would also attend,” he said.
Panighatta, meanwhile remains tense and GJMM activists continue picketing outside the police outpost demanding release of three party sympathizers.
The GJMM supporters said they would keep squatting outside the police station until those arrested were released. “The police indulged in double standards while arresting those allegedly involved in the clash. They were lenient towards the GNLF activists,” they said.
Panighatta based GNLF leader Mr Rajen Mukhia, however, alleged that the GJMM was indulging in vendetta against him. “Tuesday’s attack on my residence is testimony to it. The terror tactics would not deflect my loyalty from the GNLF,” he said.
The police at Panighatta said, releasing the GJMM men was beyond their prerogative. “The case is now in the court and the police have nothing to do,” a police official said.

Source: The Statesman

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