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ABAVP 12-hour bandh scheduled for 11 August

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 10, 2009

JALPAIGURI, 9 AUG: The Dooars-Terai Coordination Committee of Akhil Bhartiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad has convened a 12-hour shut down in both the Dooars and Terai area on 11 August to protest against the tripartite meet on the Darjeeling tangle slated on the day.
Informing this, the secretary of the Terai-Dooars Coordination Committee of ABAVP, Mr Rajesh Lakra, said they would continue opposing the Gorkhaland demand. “The Centre and the state government have been giving undue importance to the GJMM in spite of the fact that the Hill-based outfit seems bent on unleashing ethnic tension in the Terai- Dooars region. We would observe the bandh to ventilate our collective grievances on this front,” he said. The Terai committee secretary of ABAVP Mr Susil Tirkey said that all the tea plantations of the Dooars and Terai would remain closed on that day. “This apart, the bandh would include all the educational institutions in the region. No vehicle would be allowed to ply during the bandh hours. But we would keep the emergency services like ambulance, medicine shops etc and marriage ceremonies out of the bandh purview,” said Mr Tirkey. The leader also added that they would soon inform the two Adivasi members who would be a part of the GJMM delegation to Delhi. When contacted, the inspector general of police, North Bengal, Mr KL Tamta, said sufficient police force would deployed in area to prevent any untoward incident.

Source:The Statesman

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