Gorkhas to chant ‘Bengal–Darjeeling Choro’ on Independence Day: GJM chief Bimal Gurung

"When we participate in the Independence day celebrations, we will not only be celebrating our glorious freedom struggle, but will also be protesting against the Bengal's colonial rule," said Bimal Gurung

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2017 10:24 pm
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The people of Darjeeling will voice for their independence on August 15, with the slogan ‘Bengal — Darjeeling Choro (Bengal — quit Darjeeling),’ Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung said on Saturday.

As the indefinite strike entered 52nd day, Gurung gave the call, saying, “Just as the British exploited us and tortured us, the West Bengal government is also doing the same with the people of the hills, Terai and Dooars. Therefore, when we participate in the Independence day celebrations, we will not only be celebrating our glorious freedom struggle, but will also be protesting against the Bengal’s colonial rule,” Gurung added.

Meanwhile, the CID arrested GJM leader Norbu Lama last night who is a close associate of Gurung, for his alleged involvement in arson and violence that took place last month. “He (Lama) was arrested from the Bhaktinagar police station area last night,” a senior CID official said.

Earlier in the day, the morcha activists rallied in various parts of the hills demanding restoration of Internet services, which have been suspended since June 18, and an immediate withdrawal of police personnel from the hills.

PTI inputs

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  1. S
    sk
    Aug 6, 2017 at 3:29 am
    I fully support separate state of Gor nd, as it is in keeping with the states formation on linguistics basis, as well as creation of small states for administrative purposes. Bengal should stop imposing Bengali on the Gorkhas.
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    1. M
      Mirage
      Aug 5, 2017 at 10:52 pm
      jo khule amm desh droh kar rahe hein unko kuch nahi aur jo kalakar ya kitab ya govt ke khilaf kuch bolte hain wo desh drohi kehlate hain
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        G
        Aug 6, 2017 at 5:24 am
        They are not anti-India, they are just anti-W.Bengal. It doesn't seem like the state is caring for them so maybe central government should listen to them and give them freedom from TMC.
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