“I did not feel like I was in independent India. Police acted at the behest of the ruling party,” Rekha Sharma said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday blamed Sikkim for seven months of unrest in Darjeeling over the demand for a separate Gorkhaland, stating the neighbouring state benefits when trouble erupts in the Hills.
The government said it has received a recommendation from Election Commission of India (ECI) for deployment of central paramilitary forces (CPMF) in three Northeastern states of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, in which assembly elections will be held in February.
The bench agreed to the Centre’s plea to relocate half of the remaining paramilitary forces from the state’s strife-torn districts to the poll-bound state.
On October 17, the Calcutta HC had stayed the government move to withdraw 10 of the 15 CRPF companies, following which the government approached the apex court
According to CID sources, Sankar was allegedly helping out Bimal Gurung, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri among others financially
Tension prevailed in the Hills following Barun’s death, with GJM chief Bimal Gurung expressing his condolences and urging agitators to hit the streets.
Sankar was allegedly attempting to aid the Gorkhaland movement by recruiting people from areas such as North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda in the state.
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.
The orders of the withdrawal of central forces currently present in the hills came two days after a police sub-inspector was killed in clash between a police raid team and alleged supporters of the GJM party chief Bimal Gurung.
Gurung is absconding since August after the West Bengal government lodged cases against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his alleged involvement in several bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas.
In an apparent reference to the BJP, West Bengal Mamata Banerjee accused the saffron party of creating differences in the country.
Dilip Ghosh said he got no protection or help from police
For the fifth day in a row, the police along with the administration, appealed to the locals via public address systems to open shops and restore normalcy in the hills.
“Binay Tamang should have raised the Gorkhaland issue. He is a traitor. Why demand the removal of cases (against GJM leaders)?” asked Gurung.