Gorkhaland agitation: Police cracks down on GJM leaders, arrest son of Darjeeling MLA

GJM leadership claimed that police raided the house of Binay Tamang, assistant general secretary of GJM, and allegedly ransacked it.

Written by Ravik Bhattacharya | Darjeeling | Updated: June 17, 2017 12:07 pm
GJM, Darjeeling, Vikram Rai File photo Media cell in charge Vikram Rai, son of Morcha MLA Amar Rai. Morcha says VIkram was picked up last night by police . Express photo by Partha Paul

Police cracked down on Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders continued in Darjeeling as Hills remained tense for the third continues day of indefinite bandh call. The move comes after raids on GJM chief Bimal Gurungs house in Patlaybas on Thursday and adjacent party office. This led to clashes in the area. GJM leadership claimed that police arrested Vikram Rai son of MLA GJM Amar Rai. He was picked up from his home in Darjeeling at around midnight. According to police sources, he was picked up in connection to clashes which broke out in Darjeeling on June 8, while chief minister Mamata Banerjee was holding her cabinet meeting. Vikram, a former journalist worked with various media houses.

Meanwhile, GJM leadership claimed that police raided the house of Binay Tamang, assistant general secretary of GJM, and allegedly ransacked it. “At around 3 am, my house was vandalized by police. In the same manner they ransacked the house of our party chief Bimal Gurung. There is a virtual emergency in the Hills,” said Binay Tamang. The situation in hills remained tense for the third consecutive day of the GJM sponspored indefinite shutdown in the hills, as GJM supporters tried to set fire to a PWD office with police retaliating by conducting raid at the house of GJM leader Binay Tamang and “picking up” another GJM leader last night.

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The police which is on high alert after yesterday’s violence and arson and conducted route marches in various parts of the hills. Heavy police and central forces deployment were seen in front of the government and GTA offices and various entry exit points of the hills. Except medicine shops, all others shops, hotels were closed in Darjeeling. The Centre has despatched 600 paramilitary personnel to assist the West Bengal government in restoring normalcy in violence-hit Darjeeling hills which witnessed incidents of stone pelting during GJM-sponsored indefinite bandh. The Centre has also sought a detailed report on the prevailing situation in the hill district from the state government.

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    Abhinash limbu
    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:01 pm
    How long will the Bengal regime continue to confine Darjeeling in its chains. Darjeeling which was never a part of Bengal with a diversity varying in every possible way. Why are the ministers ignorant, be it the state or centre. If only could Bengal put themselves on the Gorkhas shoes. Despite our loyalty to the nation, still our iden y remains concealed and compromised. Its a shame, even the centre cannot show a bit of sensibility and sensitivity. Afraid, there may be more casualties. Don't we deserve our own self government? Isn't swaraj also our birthright?
    1. M
      Jun 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm
      The unrest In DArjeeling is entirely due to the whimsical decision of the TMC to impose BEngali upto 10th class.The simmering discontent was waiting for a spark.This shows that the TMC does not have any say in the hill areas.Without standing on ego TMC leadership should immediately withdraw the controversial order.A blow to Mamta who was aiming for a say in national politics.
      1. A
        Jun 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm
        All over India problem under BJP rule.....
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          Chandu Shah
          Jun 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm
          Think is it really?
        2. V
          Jun 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm
          Gjm demand for non imposition of Bangla on hill people is neither anti national nor undemocratic, hence this crackdown by the communal pro Muslim Mamta govt is autocratic. The silence of so called secular parties and media is condemnable.
          1. P
            Jun 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm
            Shame on Momota Mullah-Missionary (MMM) brigade for their brutality on hill people. Hill people will never give up for their democratic rights.Didi turned into Darjeeling Destroyer (DD). Medical checkup is advised.
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              Arani Banerjee
              Jun 17, 2017 at 10:03 am
              Kudos to Mamata Banerjee. Ashok Bhattacharya statement is opportunistic, renegade. He is a lumpen leader and fifth columnist.
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                Chandu Shah
                Jun 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm
                As an outsider I can only see Mamta as a fifth columnist
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