Darjeeling unrest: After 36-year-old man dies, leaders say; Mamata Banerjee’s bullets against our khukris

Ashok had suffered injuries in police firing during an agitation on Saturday. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning at Manipal hospital in the neighbouring Sikkim.

Written by Esha Roy | Darjeeling | Updated: July 12, 2017 1:39 am
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Thirty-six-year old Ashok Tamang is the latest casualty in the ongoing unrest in Darjeeling hills. Ashok had suffered injuries in police firing during an agitation on Saturday. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning at Manipal hospital in the neighbouring Sikkim.

Shanti Tamang (28), Ashok’s neighbour, was with him at the time of the agitation. “Everyone from our colony went for the agitation because we were outraged with Tashi Bhutia’s death. Thousands had turned up — unarmed. Suddenly, the CPRF personnel opened fire. Ashokda dropped to the ground. After a while, I saw four boys pick him up,” she says.

Ashok worked as a janitor for the Darjeeling municipality and lived in a one-room shack in Louis Jubilee Colony. He had lost his wife some years ago and could not afford to maintain his two children — a 14-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. Ria and Urugen Tamang stay with their 70-year-old grandmother, who lives nearby and works as a cleaner at Dekling Hotel. Both the children attend government-aided schools — Ria goes to Nepali Girls High School, Urugen to Turnbull High School.

Ankita Tamang (20), Ashok’s niece and adopted daughter, says, “He was my father’s brother and adopted me after my parents’ death. He has been more than a father to me,’’ she said.

At Chowk Bazaar, hundreds gathered on Tuesday to agitate for Gorkhaland — the 27 day of their indefinite strike. Ashok’s death was announced and a two-minute silence was observed. Leaders at the rally announced that protesters must now carry khurkis for self-defence. “Mamata’s bullets against our khukris,’’ they said.

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    Samir Thapa
    Jul 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm
    How can we allow the Bengal government to subdue and murder the Gorkha people?
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      Kamal Nuhiwal
      Jul 13, 2017 at 8:28 am
      There is a solution for every problem and this issue must have many ways to resolve. I think the only thing our Leaders has to do is get out of the egos they carry, come up with a plan and broadness of their minds, keeping apart from the meaningless ambitions, they should sit together and resolve. Ultimate loss of the people can't make a country great.
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        Indian Gorkha
        Jul 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm
        ी कहा । सोच लो, अगर एक गोर्खा सिर्फ खुकुरी के बल से 13 आतंकवादी को मौत की घाट उतार सकता है तो...अगर 1.5 करोड़ गोर्खाओं ने एकसाथ खुकुरी हाथ में लिए तो क्या होगा गोर्खा विरोधियों का हाल !! गोर्खालैंड गोर्खाओं का जन्मसिद्ध और संवैधानिक अधिकार है, बीच में वाधक बनना किसीका अधिकार नहीं । तो भौंकते रहते है ।
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          Danny
          Jul 12, 2017 at 3:10 am
          make no mistake if West Bengal will break so will whole India so people must be vigilant against conspiracy to break country apart and such forces must be allowed and Unity of People is must. Those who come from other country to cause trouble must be killed right away.
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            Sapru
            Jul 12, 2017 at 3:06 am
            Those who hate Bengalis and West bengal are behind what is happening in Darjeeling and Bashirhat and 24 Parganas.
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              Kumar
              Jul 12, 2017 at 1:52 am
              Central Govt and the state govt should be very hard on illegal people from neighboring states doing such drama. This drama if encouraged and allowed to divide WB can boomerang on entire India and India's integrity will be at state. These illegal immigrants' whole objective is to curve out a big chunk of India and make a separate country. It would disastrous if such agitation is not quelled.
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                Kumar
                Jul 12, 2017 at 1:47 am
                Central Govt and the state govt should be very hard on illegal people from neighboring states doing such drama. This drama if encouraged and allowed to divide WB can boomerang on entire India and India's integrity will be at state. This illegal immigrants' whole objective is to curve out a big chunk of India and make a separate country. It would disastrous if such agitation is encouraged and not quelled.
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                  Sabita Tuladhar
                  Jul 12, 2017 at 1:56 am
                  Are you sure you are replying to the correct article? Where the are illegals coming from?
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                    Pritesh
                    Jul 12, 2017 at 2:23 pm
                    The only illegal person is a Bengali in my opinion. Do your research first before posting cap. People who originally inhabited Darjeeling, who rightfully and absolutely belong to this country and even so in Darjeeling are fighting to save their iden y.
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                      Jit
                      Jul 13, 2017 at 1:38 am
                      One should try and read about the history of the place before making such callous and immature comments. The demand for self governance within the framework of the Indian Cons ution is more than a century old demand.The citizens of the area came with the land and are NOT immigrants. I am sure there are learned people close to you who can help enlighten you or else you could always visit the Hills and learn more of our history.
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