The GJM chief has accused state government of framing cases against GJM leaders, but failing to investigate “real” causes and culprits. Gurung stressed on Darjeeling’s sensitive location, and said subversive activities are a threat to the nation.
State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh added that during his visit to the hills, he saw that CRPF personnel were being used to give protection to IPS officers and guard the residence of rebel Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Binoy Tamang.
The rally was expected to march from Batasia to Chowrasta where a public meeting was scheduled. However, the police stopped the march at Batasia and leaders had to hold a meeting at Gorkha Dukh Vivarak Samiti Hall.
In an audio message on Sunday night, Gurung had warned the leaders that if they discussed with the state government, any other issue other than 'Gorkhaland', they would not be allowed to return to the hills.
Pro-Gorkhaland agitation: The police put up roadblocks near the Sukna road crossing and asked them to go back. But the agitators broke the first two barricades and pelted stones at the police. The protesters turned violent and set afire some vehicles parked nearby.
“The situation has gone from bad to worse, but the Centre is keeping entirely silent on the issue. In its manifesto in West Bengal, the BJP had clearly said it would look into the demand for Gorkhaland," said GNLF spokesperson Neeraj Zimba.
"There is no proposal to appoint a committee to look into the merits and demerits of the demands of the Gorkhas, Adivasis and others," Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said.
According to police reports, century-old community hall and a TMC party office in the Darjeeling hills were set ablaze by pro-Gorkhaland supporters earlier in the day as the indefinite shutdown for a separate state entered its 35th day.