Darjeeling unrest: GJM, BJP adopt resolution for separate Gorkhaland; 600 paramilitary personnel rushed to hills

The home minister has said that it has been closely observing the situation in Darjeeling and is ready to offer support to the state government in order to bring back peace in the hills.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi/darjeeling | Published:June 13, 2017 10:24 pm
Darjeeling protests, Darjeeling agitation, Darjeeling indefinite strike, GJM, Gorkhajanmukti Morcha, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Mamata Banerjee, Centre on Darjeeling violence SP Akhilesh Chaturvedi trying to protect as stones were hurled at them. Express photo by Partha Paul

Amid rising tensions in the hills of West Bengal, the Centre on Tuesday directed 600 paramilitary personnel to provide assistance to the state government in restoring normalcy back in the region, which witnessed incidents of stone pelting on the second day of the GJM-sponsored indefinite bandh. The Centre has also asked the state government for a detailed report on the existing situtation in the hills. Meanwhile, six parties including GJM and BJP adopted a resolution for a separate Gorkhaland state at a meeting which was not attended by the ruling TMC.

According to PTI, a Union home ministry spokesperson said that as many as 600 paramilitary personnel, including 200 women, have been asked to leave for the hills. Around 400 personnel, already stationed in West Bengal, have also been deployed in the hill areas along with additional forces. The home ministry has said that it has been closely observing the situation in Darjeeling and is ready to offer support to the state government in order to bring back peace in the hills.

However, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the situation in Darjeeling district was ‘peaceful’ and denied reports of the Centre asking the state government to provide a detailed report about the situation in the hills.

Darjeeling protests, Darjeeling agitation, Darjeeling indefinite strike, GJM, Gorkhajanmukti Morcha, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Mamata Banerjee, Centre on Darjeeling violence Police chase GJM supporters at Chawk Bazar in Darjeeling Express photo by Partha Paul

As the indefinite bandh (shutdown) entered its second day on Tuesday, the GJM supporters hurled stones at the police in Chowkbazar area of the hill station after the police intervened them from enforcing shutdown in government offices. The senior police officials were seen leading large police contingents in various parts of the hills. The government offices and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) offices were secured by putting up police pickets and barricades. Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed.

Darjeeling protests, Darjeeling agitation, Darjeeling indefinite strike, GJM, Gorkhajanmukti Morcha, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Mamata Banerjee, Centre on Darjeeling violence Senior IPS officer Jawed Shamim (2nd from right) one of the member of 3 member committee to see the law and order situation at Darjeeling leads a chase at Chawk Bazar, in Darjeeling. Express photo by Partha Paul

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leadership, however, accused the police of resorting unprovoked lathi-charge on its procession. Commenting on the stern action taken by the police, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri was quoted by PTI as saying: “The police resorted to unprovoked lathi-charge on a peaceful rally. The more they use force against us, the more intense will be the struggle for a separate Gorkhaland state.”

The GJM supporters had earlier vandalised government office on the first day of the indefinite shutdown. The party has called the shutdown of all state and GTA offices to press its demand for creation of a separate state. The GJM chief, Bimal Gurung has said that he is in touch with the Centre and is hopeful that the BJP would consider its demand for a separate state “compassionately”. Gurung, while speaking to media had said, “I am constantly in touch with the central government and various ministers. I am very hopeful that they will understand our pain and struggle and will consider our demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland. The government at the Centre is our ally and they will surely consider our demand compassionately.”

Rebuking Banerjee’s decision for calling out the Army to control the situation in the hills, Gurung said, “My advice to Mamata Banerjee is please stay away from the hills. We don’t need your charity. The people of the hills will not accept TMC’s hegemony.” Speaking further, Gurung said, “In December last year she had accused the Army of trying to attempt a military coup. She can do anything for the sake of cheap politics. We are not like her. We respect the Indian Army. Every year hundreds of youth from the hills join the Indian army.”

With PTI inputs

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    Wasim
    Jun 15, 2017 at 4:06 am
    jalj3011, indian man, su​nil chohan go get ed by gjm bjp leaders. It's clear dat ppl like u dont want peace and prosperity in dis country.. Filthy ppl like u fail to understand and support d country's benefit, prosperity and security.. Bjp ke dalle ho tumlog.
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      Wasim
      Jun 15, 2017 at 4:02 am
      jalj3011, indian man su​nil chohan go get ed by gjm bjp leaders. It's clear dat ppl like u dont want peace prosperity in dis country.. Filthy ppl like u fail to understand support d country's benefit prosperity.. Bjp ke dalle ho tumlog.
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        S_M
        Jun 14, 2017 at 9:59 am
        If there is a separate state, then sooner you will hear a demand for separate country too. This siliguri corridor is like a chicken neck, if this position is made unrest, then politically, Chinese will have advantage to easily invade through Nepal and cut off the entire north east from Indian mainland. Just see the map. This is a serious issue. And the Chinese are eyeing our Arunachal, you people should know that. So, whatever CM is doing is absolutely necessary for the security of the country. If you support separate state, that will be simply an act of anti-nationalists.
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          JALJ3011
          Jun 14, 2017 at 10:59 am
          yo SM ..demand for a seperate state and seperate country are 2 diff things.GJM cannot ask fr a seperate country cos its not geographically,financialy or commercialy viable..so you "just see the map" .Secondly the chinese are already militarily superior to us and hence our borders are kept underdeveloped in terms of roads etc.The chinese have already cut us in 2 at the chicken neck in 65 and then gave it back the same like arunachal..due to the dalai lama and tibet issue they will not invade arunachal as its not in their interest .So dont tell me wateva an indian politician does is, is in the the countrys interest..so do urself a favour and go watch a bollywood movie or a cricket match and show ur all patriotism there
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          Manas Sarkar
          Jun 14, 2017 at 4:39 am
          BJP will b looser of this deal.
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            Murthy
            Jun 14, 2017 at 4:32 am
            Last month mid, a meeting was called by Rajnath Singh. It was a very secret meeting in which retired RAW agents were called. No BJP person was called. The plan was to create trouble in West Bengal if Mamta does anything independent. Recently she penned a poem for West Bengal(sort of a state anthem). And also adopted a state symbol. These alindependent actions infuriated brahmin pigs. So they set upon a plan to destabilize Mamta's govt. In the brain storm session many strategies were discussed including creating unrest using Ghorkaland demand, dismissing WB govt using the chit fund scam, threatening and blackmailing those charged and of course dropping weapons from air(which RAW has excellent expertise in WB). To start with the agents met the leaders of Ghorka land and local BJP. And we all know what is happening. Parallel negotiations with those charged in the chit fund scams are happening and deals are made. So rest assured retired RAW and IB agents are helping BJP.
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              JALJ3011
              Jun 14, 2017 at 11:30 am
              Firstly if it was a "very secret meeting last month" how did u know it took plc last month,who took part in it,who the people/agents were etc.Secondly if mamta banerjee is literate enuf to write independant poems and choose symbols then it is her who is anti national.Thirdly u seem to knw a lot for a "secret mtng" including what strategies were adopted,but then again u contradicted urself later by saying"we all know what is happ",which by the way i dont think you do..Fourthly just bcos u read about the purulia arms drop yesterday please dont lecture us about it yeah.And lastly name calling such as "brahmin pig" only shows how deep from the gutter u call ur culture u come from.
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              Kumar
              Jun 14, 2017 at 3:44 am
              Division would be too disastrous for the unity and progress of the country. It can spill over to other states. Such agenda/move should be condemned by all means. Mamata Banerjee's effort to keep WB united should be praised and supported by all. Such destructive unrest for a separate land should not be encouraged by any means. .
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                sunil chohan
                Jun 14, 2017 at 2:23 am
                YES give Gorkha their rights of Independence from Mamta. Long live Gorkhas.
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                  Main hoon
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 1:04 am
                  BJP is playing with fire for short term gains.. North Bengal is our artery.. to North East.. Dont trust Gurung..he has his own agendas... the nation will pay dearly..
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                    sunil chohan
                    Jun 14, 2017 at 2:27 am
                    Go into your small and stay there. They the Gorkhas need their Independence from people like TMC. Where were you when Congress created par ion of Andra?
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