Referring to violence in Darjeeling during agitation for a separate Gorkhaland, the bench said, “The State is obliged to maintain law and order and to protect life and property of the citizens. It has to take necessary steps to contain such agitation and restore the peace.”
The GJM leader claimed in the top court that he was being politically persecuted by the West Bengal government.
Bimal Gurung rejected Mamata Banerjee’s accusation that he was a separatist, saying his party’s demands were within the purview of the Constitution
All eyes are on January 15, when Bimal Gurung’s plea seeking immunity against detention and arrest by the West Bengal government will be heard by the Supreme Court.
Bimal Gurung’s counsel claimed that the state was proceeding in a “biased manner” against GJM members and there was an environment of “constant fear” in Darjeeling due to this.
Senior lawyer A M Singhvi, appearing for Bengal Police, said there were several cases, including that of murder and rioting, against Gurung and a 26-year-old police officer was also killed during Gorkhaland agitation.
Binay Tamang had on November 20 said he had suspended Gurung for six months. He also alleged that a majority of GJM’s central committee leaders had elected him as party president
Gurung and some of his aides have been absconding since August, after they were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the violence in Darjeeling hills during the recent 104-day agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland
Gurung’s wife and GJM Mahila Morcha chief Asha, his close aide and party general secretary Roshan Giri and seven others were also suspended for six months
The GJM chief has accused state government of framing cases against GJM leaders, but failing to investigate “real” causes and culprits. Gurung stressed on Darjeeling’s sensitive location, and said subversive activities are a threat to the nation.
Gurung has been in the hiding with state police conducting raids to arrest him. The stage is also set for yet another confrontation between Bengal government and the centre over the issue.
Bimal Gurung and five others were booked in connection with June 8 violence in the Darjeeling hills.
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who was in Siliguri, held CM Mamata Banerjee responsible for the present situation in the Hills.
Gurung supporters put up a picture of the leader inside the office, and displayed flags with the GJM chief’s picture on top of the building.
A fresh FIR was lodged against him earlier this month for his alleged involvement in the death of a police sub-inspector, who was killed during an exchange of fire with alleged Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters on October 13.