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.
Asserting that her government wants a “permanent solution” to the impasse in the Hills, Mamata exhorted the Hill parties to call off their indefinite strike and restore normalcy.
A statement issued by the GJM after the meeting said that as CM Mamata Banerjee had said that the Gorkhaland issue was beyond state government’s purview, the leaders urged Singh to begin the process of tripartite talks.
Sources said the victim has been identified as Dawa Tshering Bhutia, the driver of Dawa Lepcha — a former Gorkhaland Territorial Administration member from Pedong.
Ahluwalia also appealed to the West Bengal government to initiate the process for a dialogue to resolve the crisis. “The state government needs to exhaust all its options before seeking central intervention.”
This comes 80 days after the GJM called an indefinite strike in the Hills over its demand of Gorkhaland and two days after the Hill parties, including a GJM delegation led by Tamang, met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.
The letter, written by GJM leader Binay Tamang to Chief Minister Banerjee, said, “No other alternative or modified step will do justice to our plight…other than creation of a separate Gorkhaland.”
On August 22, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that a meeting would be held at 4 pm on August 29 at Nabanna, and invited all Hill parties that wanted “peace and normalcy” in the Hills to attend.
Incidentally, the blasts in the Darjeeling hills have taken place in largely deserted areas, and no casualties have been reported so far.