In the backdrop of ongoing protests in Darjeeling spearheaded by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), chief of GJM Bimal Gurung on Friday slammed the West Bengal government for raiding his office premises. In a statement to news agency ANI, Gurung said: “Administration unlawfully attacked my house, our party office on instructions from Mamata Banerjee. Such attack is dangerous for democracy.” He further added: “Our party members and opposition parties will reply to that atrocity.”
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), also called for an indefinite shutdown of the hills following the police raids on premises connected with GJM chief Bimal Gurung and other leaders. It also sought Centre’s intervention to ‘restore peace’ in Darjeeling and foil the West Bengal government’s attempt to make Bengali mandatory in schools. Also Read: GJM chief Bimal Gurung underground as violence rocks Darjeeling
The GJM chief also alleged that TMC cadres entered his house with the assistance of the police and the administration. In his statement to ANI, he said: “TMC cadres entered in my house with the help of the police and the administration. It is a dangerous political game. The way the TMC has done politics with the CPI-M, the BJP and the Congress, in the same way, they are acting in the hills.” He also appealed to people to be united for this fight for separate Gorkhaland. “I appeal to everyone to be united for this final fight. Mamata Banerjee cannot suppress our demand,” he further added. Also Read: Govt’s ‘repressive acts’ will further complicate matter: Opposition
The agitation turned violent on Thursday when Gorkhaland supporters hurled petrol bombs and stones at the police, making the protests more chaotic. The police retaliated with tear gas shells and resorted to baton-charge to drive the angry mob.