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GNLF to govt: Stop moral talk, act tough – Morcha invokes Lalgarh rerun fear, iterates demand to transfer police officer

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 24, 2009

A rally taken out by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Kurseong on Thursday.

A rally taken out by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Kurseong on Thursday.

Siliguri, July 23: The GNLF today slammed the state government for its failure in reining in the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and not delivering on the promise that law and order would be maintained in the hills.

“We are surprised to see the prolonged silence on the part of the government. The officials and ministers are sitting idle and only delivering some moral talk on what the Morcha should not do, instead of taking any concrete step to reinstate the rule of law in the hills,” said Rajen Mukhia, a GNLF leader from Panighata.

He was released on bail yesterday after his arrest on July 10, along with two others.

“Whenever we had approached officials or ministers, seeking restoration of law and order in the hills or pointing out Morcha’s atrocities, we were assured that the government would not allow the flouting of rules and security would be intensified,” said a senior leader of the GNLF, who did not want to be named. “But on the ground, the presence of police and administration is hardly visible.”

Balkrishna Sharma, convener of the Terai branch of GNLF-affiliated Himalayan Plantation Workers’ Union, said many leaders had proposed the reactivation of the party in the hills and the launch of a movement against the Morcha. “But the party president, Subhash Ghisingh still preaches tolerance and asked them to wait and watch. He feels if we, too, take to the street, there will be bloodshed.”

Source: The Telegraph


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