Ravik Bhattacharya

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Cars, buses from Siliguri stop plying to Sikkim
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

While two cars with registration numbers of Sikkim were damaged, the services of Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) from Siliguri was stopped.

Either my body will go home or I will return with Gorkhland: Bimal Gurung
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Gurung urged everyone to hit the streets in protest and also warned them that some leaders from other parties may try to betray the Gorkhaland agitation.

Bengal sends ham operators to listen in on GJM chatter
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

After a six-member team was called in to detect radio signals and communication between GJM cadres, police claimed chatter from other states and even a foreign country had been detected.

Students leave hostels, GJM checks ID cards, maintains register
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Not only Indians, students from Nepal, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Bangladesh have been stranded amid GJM’s call for an indefinite shutdown over its demand for Gorkhaland.

Gurung, other GJM members quit GTA; want CBI to probe cadre deaths
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Gurung who held a press conference at Patlaybas, said: “I am not Kishenji . I am not a Maoist. We have all resigned from GTA, and now it is only Gorkhaland for us. We are protesting democratically.”

Thousands of students stream out of the Hills, GJM checks identity card, maintains register
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

“Our boarders have left school, they have been handed over to their parents in Siliguri. Our school is scheduled to reopen on July 3. We are in touch with the parents. We will dothe needful according to the prevailing situation,” said Father Shajumon.

Students, teachers form ‘pressure groups’ to ensure parties don’t deviate from Gorkhaland demand
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

The Darjeeling hills had seen a violent movement for Gorkhaland in the mid 1980s under Gorkha National Liberation Front leader Subhash Ghisingh. However, the movement ended in 1988.

Gorkhaland: Bimal Gurung, his wife booked for violence
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Condemning the move, GJM’s assistant general secretary Binay Tamang said: “The police and the chief minister are responsible for the deaths of our cadres." Three people were killed in police firing in West Bengal.

Gorkhaland supporters get backing from NE groups
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

The indefinite shutdown in the Hills entered its eighth day on Thursday. Rallies were taken out by GJM and other Gorkha outfits in different parts, including Darjeeling, Mirik, Kurseong and Kalimpong.

Darjeeling unrest: Amid strike, zoo authorities conduct behavioural study of animals
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

“We are not getting enough chicken. But we have good supply of beef. Grass, leaves and other food items for animals are being procured from hills. Locals are supporting us in a good way," said Chand.

Darjeeling unrest: GJM gives 12-hour window to move students from boarding schools
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Thousands of children study in several residential schools of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong. Besides other parts of India, many of these students come from Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong and Bhutan.

Darjeeling unrest: 12-hr window to evacuate students
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

GJM’s assistant general secretary Binay Tamang on Wednesday said that school students will be allowed to leave the hills from 6 am to 6 pm on Friday. But he clarified that no other vehicle will be allowed to leave the town, as the bandh will go on.

Darjeeling unrest: Zoo makes use of strike, does animal study
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

“Visitors have stopped coming to the zoo. This is the time of peace and tranquility for animals. We have therefore initiated a programme to record their behaviour,’’ PNHZP’s director Pyar Chand said.

Guess who’s penning a song for Gorkhaland
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Tamang, now an actor-singer in the Nepal film industry, says he “strongly backs” the call for a separate state and that he plans to “write and sing” a song for Gorkhaland.

Crisis in Darjeeling hills: GTA ‘scrapped’, agitation to continue
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Gorkha leaders said that they will form a core committee and send a delegation to meet the Prime Minister, the Union Home Minister, and the President to apprise them of the situation.

Students stuck, food supply low at Darjeeling schools
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

On Saturday, the road outside the school saw a pitched battle between GJM protesters and police, with two people killed allegedly in police firing.

Darjeeling violence: Tribal leaders warn GJM against incursions into Terai, Dooars regions
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Focus on all-party meeting called by state government today, pro-Gorkhaland parties to attend.

Darjeeling protesters hit the streets, Rajnath Singh appeals for calm, peace
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Protesters participating in the march wore black armbands and waved black flags as they chanted slogans for Gorkhaland and justice, and demanding that the police and CRPF be withdrawn from the Hills.

Darjeeling violence: ‘Not happy with Centre…withdraw forces’
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Saturday said she is ready for talks, provided the GJM called off the bandh and ended “politics of violence”.

Darjeeling on boil: 3 dead, police officer critical as Mamata Banerjee sees foreign hand
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

At a press conference, Banerjee said: “They (protesters) are not listening to the court as well. The court passed an order saying bandh is illegal... Where did they get illegal arms and money from?"

Gorkhaland stir: ‘We want a separate state; what is wrong in it’
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

Earlier, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) office had become a war zone as police lathicharged a rally of the party’s women wing amid a drizzle.

Darjeeling protest: Masked, agile & motivated—meet the youths who took on cops
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

As police lathicharged at the rally of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s (GJM’s) women’s wing, who braved the drizzle, the area in front of party office here became a war zone. Bottles, mostly drained of alcohol, were lobbed at the police who retaliated with tear gas shells.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung, the undisputed mass leader of the Gorkhas
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The face behind the renewed demand for Gorkhaland: Bimal Gurung. Emerging from the shadows of Subhas Ghising, he is the undisputed mass leader of the Gorkhas — impatient and angry.

GJM Nari Morcha protesters clash with Bengal police
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Several women protestors were injured in the process. Meanwhile, many angry residents retaliated and started pelting the police with stones and glass bottles.

Gorkhaland agitation: Police cracks down on GJM leaders, arrest son of Darjeeling MLA
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

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

Centre: Won’t send more force till West Bengal govt submits report
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

On June 13, the Centre had sought a report from the West Bengal government on the situation in the hills, where GJM has launched a movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung underground as violence rocks Darjeeling
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

More central forces were headed to the Hills where Gorkhaland supporters clashed with police through the day and set ablaze a police outpost, a sericulture office and a railway station.

Gorkhaland: As stir heats up, GJM prepares its foot soldiers
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

In 2009, youths from different parts of Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and other areas were chosen by GJM to set up a trained force. Physical fitness and a minimum education of up to Class VIII were the criteria for joining the unit.

GJM office raided: Protesters clash with police, torch outpost
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

West Bengal Police recovered a huge cache of arrows, large number of crackers, one country-made pistol, Khukris, axes and cash. Following the raid, GJM Central Committee announced an indefinite strike in the hills.

Gorkhaland demand uphill task for national parties, Left to Right
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The GJM, spearheading the agitation against what it calls imposition of Bengali on people in the Hills, is now mobilising support for a separate Gorkhaland.

Tea union bandh: Cops lathicharge GJM supporters
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

In the morning, GJM supporters took out a huge rally in support of the bandh and the demand for a separate Gorkhaland near Darjeeling’s Chowk Bazar.

Thirty years on, hill parties unite to call for Gorkhaland
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

The GNLF, which has been spearheading the ongoing protests against “forcible imposition of Bengali language” on people in the Hills, asked the GJM to resign from the assembly and all government bodies.

State govt claims normal attendance in offices, GJM says: We showed restraint
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

“If we wanted, we could have brought thousands of workers to the streets and shut down government offices. We should show restraint. We want the Centre to intervene immediately (on Gorkhaland)," GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said

Shutdown call: GJM, Bengal government set for face-off today
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

"The people want Gorkhaland. That is our only goal. We will not allow the state government to run offices in the hills and the adjoining areas,” the GJM chief Bimal Gurung said

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha says govt offices shut from Monday, Mamata to act ‘tough’
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

While GJM on Sunday announced an indefinite shutdown of all government offices in the hills from Monday to push its demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland, Banerjee said, “We have compromised a lot, and it seems we have our back against the wall now.”

Darjeeling violence: Gurung will write to PM Modi, spoken to Rajnath
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

“While trouble was going on, I had briefed the Union Home Minister and our MP. I told them about the situation here and the atrocities which were committed against us,” said Gurung at Patlaybas near Darjeeling.