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Gorkha ‘guard of honour’ stirs Siliguri

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 18, 2009

SILIGURI, 17 AUG(The Statesman): The alleged guard of honour by the Gorkhaland Personnel before the Darjeeling district magistrate, Mr Surendra Gupta on the Independence Day has stirred a controversy in the political and administrative circles in Siliguri. Mr Gupta, however, denied the fact, saying that he was contemplating action against those who, according to him, had misrepresented facts in certain section of the media with a malicious motive.
The GLP has shot into the focus of controversy time and again with the state government and the ruling Left Front demanding it be winded up for alleged interference in the jurisdiction of the constitutionally-mandated state police force.
The state urban development minister and a senior CPI-M leader, Mr Asok Bhattacharya today said that if such a thing had happened it was not in sync with the state government guidelines on the matter. “I do not know for sure whether the report published in certain sections of the media is authentic or not. Were this true, it would go down as a bad precedent for the district administration,” he said.
Taking strong exception to the alleged GLP guard of honour to the district magistrate, the inspector general of police, north Bengal, Mr KL Tamta said that the alleged act of surrender before the GLP on the part of the district magistrate was unacceptable. “We must remember that the voluntary organization is infringing on the constitutional jurisdiction of the district law enforcing apparatus,” he said.
The GJMM media secretary, Mr Harka Bhadur Chettri has, on the other hand, asked the critics of GLP not to read too much in an innocuous event. “It was a social parade on the occasion of the country’s Independence Day. The presence of some GLP volunteers in such a parade should not have touched raw nerves anywhere,” he stated.
Dismissing the episode as ‘concocted’ to defame him, the district magistrate, Mr Surendra Gupta said that he was contemplating action against those who had indulged in disinformation. “The report is baseless and malicious,” he said.
He said that a few GLP volunteers might have been present in the Independence Day parade. “It is not possible for me to identify all those present in such a big gathering,” he said.


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