Darjeeling unrest: Upset over police firing, TMC Sikkim leaders quit

Lepcha added that life in Sikkim has been affected by the recent developments in Darjeeling. A large number of students from Sikkim go to study in Darjeeling and are now stranded, he said.

Written by Esha Roy | Kolkata | Published:June 20, 2017 5:36 am
Trinamool Congress, TMC leader quits, Darjeeling unrest, Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha Police clash with protesters at Chowk Bazaar in Darjeeling on Tuesday. (Source: Partha Paul)

The president and general secretary of the Sikkim unit of the Trinamool Congress resigned from the party on Monday in the wake of police firing on protesters in Darjeeling agitating for a separate state of Gorkhaland. TMC’s Sikkim general secretary Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha said he and state unit chief P T Lucksom, who is also Sikkim’s former deputy CM, joined the TMC in September 2013. “For the past four years, we have been carrying out our duties as an Opposition party. We are shocked and dismayed by what has been happening in Darjeeling for the past 8-9 days. We think it was completely unnecessary for police to open fire on peaceful protesters. The people of Darjeeling are by and large peaceful,” said Lepcha.

Lepcha said he sent WhatsApp messages to senior party leaders Derek O’Brien and Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Sunday to apprise them of the concerns of the party Sikkim unit, but did not receive any response.

“We have resigned on moral grounds…. Sometimes we have to take decisions on humanitarian grounds. What is happening in Darjeeling is a blatant violation of human rights and also mismanagement by the state administration. We support Gorkhaland because that is the demand of the people,” said Lepcha.

Lepcha added that life in Sikkim has been affected by the recent developments in Darjeeling. A large number of students from Sikkim go to study in Darjeeling and are now stranded, he said.

He further said that the NH-10, which connects Sikkim to the rest of the country, passes through Darjeeling and has been facing intermittent blockades over the past few days. This has left tourists stranded, he said.

“We appeal to the Centre to resolve this issue immediately. We also appeal to the protesters to ensure that the movement remains peaceful,” added Lepcha.

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    Bikram Chowdary
    Jun 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm
    What happened in just 10 days- Bengal imposed as a compulsory language.(People not believing it can go through newspaper articles of late April, I remember reading it and even discussing with others) Lathi charge and tear gas at the people near a cabinet meeting 3 people (Bimal Sasshankar, Bikram Rai)shot dead Government mentioning only about the police officer hacked to death(Vikram Tamang), who is actually ALIVE. Internet cut off Government employees threatened to come to office GTA staff transferred across Bengal Two Bengalis appointed as GTA secretaries Several companies of army called in and state government asking centre for more Mamata mentions waving of National flag in a protest as hiding behind criticism. No action against her comment. No news articles​ from the perspective of the Gorkhas TMC MPs like Derek O'Brien writing news articles and dictating their version of the the situation in Public opinion pages. Didi leaves for Europe assuring that DARJEELING is in Safe hands
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