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Morcha bigwigs booked for abduction

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 19, 2009

Prem Kumar Roy

Prem Kumar Roy

Darjeeling, Aug. 18(The Telegraph): Darjeeling police have started a case against three senior Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders for “kidnapping and wrongfully confining” a constable who was allegedly caught with marijuana from the Bengal-Sikkim border yesterday.

The abduction charges come under Section 365 of the Indian Penal Code and are non-bailable. Those found guilty under this section can be imprisoned up to seven years besides being fined.

Prem Kumar Roy, the constable of the state armed police, had been frisked by the Gorkhaland Personnel, who claimed that he was carrying 200gm of ganja and chillums. The administration, which had labelled the frisking by the GLP illegal, had earlier said policing acts carried out by the Morcha’s uniformed brigade were punishable under the law.

K.L. Tamta, the inspector-general of police, north Bengal, had said although citizens had the right to stop illegal activities, there should at least be a token police presence. “Nothing can be done unilaterally,” Tamta had said.

A departmental inquiry has been started against Roy, who did not join a camp at Darjeeling Sadar police station today as he was supposed to. “But he has not been suspended either,” an officer said.

D.P. Singh, the superintendent of police of Darjeeling, said: “I have asked for a detailed report from three officers on the incident. The constable has also filed a complaint stating he was forcibly confined by some people.”

Roy’s FIR contains the names of Amar Lama, a central committee member of the Morcha, Dinesh Gurung, the former vice-chairman of the Darjeeling Municipality, and Shiv Kumar Rai, a leader of the Morcha ex-servicemen’s association. All three were present when the GLP paraded Roy at a media conference in a hotel at Chowrastha yesterday.

It is learnt that I.J. Thapa, the inspector-in-charge of the Sadar police station, visited Singla today. It was in Singla, about 22km from Darjeeling, that Roy was allegedly intercepted with the marijuana. “There was no formal complaint against the constable,” said Singh.

Roy had during the media conference yesterday “admitted” that he had brought marijuana for his consumption from his village in South Dinajpur. However, police officers later said Roy had told them that he had confessed since he was feeling threatened.

Asked whether the police would arrest the Morcha leaders, an officer said: “The law will take its own course.” Amar Lama, a lawyer by profession and one of the accused, refused comments.

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