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Kidnap charge unfair: Morcha

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 20, 2009

Amar Lama (circled) addresses the rally at Kurseong Motor Stand as member of the GLP stand watch.

Amar Lama (circled) addresses the rally at Kurseong Motor Stand as member of the GLP stand watch.

Kurseong, Aug. 19(The Telegraph): The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today accused the state government of “being unfair once again” for slapping cases of abduction and wrongful confinement on some of its leaders for “capturing” a constable with marijuana near the Sikkim border on Monday morning.

The constable, Prem Kumar Roy, on his way to report for duty to Darjeeling was apprehended by members of the Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP). He was later presented before journalists in a Darjeeling hotel where the marijuana and chillums were displayed.

“We have come out for the cause of Gorkhaland and we are ready to overcome any hurdle for it,” said Amar Lama, a Morcha central committee member and one of the three against whom the charges have been brought. Lama was speaking on the sidelines of a public rally at Motor Stand here this afternoon.

“When the GLP searched for bodies of the Aila victims in May, nobody interfered,” Lama said. “The state government should have asked the GLP for authorisation at that time. It was the administration’s duty to search for the bodies.”

The district administration had declared policing act by the Morcha’s uniformed brigade illegal. The inspector-general of police, K.L. Tamta, had announced that GLP members caught frisking individuals or checking vehicles would be booked for obstructing roads, wrongful confinement and extortion.

Lama said it was “unfair” that when the GLP was doing the “government’s work (searching bodies)”, they were never asked for authorisation.

“But now when we are seizing illegal liquor and marijuana for the benefit of the society, we are being hauled up.

“The GLP was only performing its duty and the constable was handed over to the police along with the ganja. The man admitted before the media that he had brought the marijuana from his home in South Dinajpur. If the police have filed a case against us, we are not afraid,” Lama added.

Dinesh Chandra Gurung (a Town Committee convener) and Shiv Kumar Rai (zonal secretary of the Bhutpurva Sainik Morcha) are the other two who have been charged under Section 365 of the IPC. The section is non-bailable and those found guilty under this section can be jailed up to seven years along with a fine.

A departmental inquiry has also been started against Prem Kumar Roy, the constable of the state armed police. Roy, however, told the officers of Darjeeling Sadar station later that he had confessed to carrying marijuana as he had felt threatened. .

At the rally here, Morcha leaders Lama and media and publicity secretary Harka Bahadur Chhetri explained to the people the significance of the last tripartite talks held in Delhi on August 11.

The last in the series of rallies will be held in Darjeeling tomorrow.


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