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Subba’s family threatens hunger-strike

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 10, 2009

JALPAIGURI/SILIGURI, 9 JULY: The family members of the Gorkha Liberation Organisation chief and the prime accused in Mr Subash Ghisingh’s assassination attempt in 2001, Mr Chattre Subba and five other co-accused inmates, have today threatened to launch a hunger strike from Monday if the state government did not initiate steps to release the inmates in the next three days.
Mr Subba and the five others are currently in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital admitted after their physical condition deteriorated following a five-day hunger strike in Jalpaiguri jail.
Mr Subba and the accused persons’ family members came to submit a deputation to the Jalpaiguri district magistrate today but failed to as she was not present. “Neither the DM nor any executive magistrate was present for us to submit the deputation. We will again come tomorrow to submit the deputation and if the state government does not initiate steps in the next three days to release them we would start a hunger strike at the Jalpaiguri DM’s office,” said Mr Subba’s wife, Mrs Monika Subba.
Mrs Ratna Dewan, wife of Mr Saran Dewan, another co-accused said that her husband along with the five others was fighting for life at the NBMCH. “Today was the ninth day of their hunger strike. The condition of Mr Chattre Subba, Mr Saran Dewan, Mr Gunje Lama and Mr Kumar Chettri is quite serious,” Mrs Dewan said.
The convener of the ‘Bandi Mukti Committee,’ north Bengal branch, Mr Swaraj Ghosh stated that they would convene bandhs in every block of Jalpaiguri district from 15 July if Mr Subba and the five other inmates were not released from jail. Responding to allegation of no executive magistrate present to receive Mrs Subba’s memorandum, the ADM (General), Jalpaiguri Mr NG Hira said he was in his office the whole day but the DM Jalpaiguri was out of station on official work.
Meanwhile, the GJMM leadership has also demanded prompt justice for Mr Chattre Subbha, accusing the state government of manipulating the trial process.
The party general secretary, Mr Roshan Giri said that they wanted justice to be meted out to the jailed leader at the earliest. “We are viewing with concern how he is being made to suffer with the trial dragging on for years,” he said.
Speaking on the matter, the GJMM media and publicity secretary, Mr Harka Bahadur Chettri said that the role of the state government in the case was suspected. “The state government seems uninterested in speeding up the process of justice to serve the designs of Mr Subash Ghising. There is no reason to keep on detaining Mr Subbha after Mr Ghising’s deposition in the Jalpaiguri Court denying any knowledge of Mr Subbha’s complicity in the assassination attempt in 2001,” he said.

Source: The Statesman

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