All eyes are on January 15, when Bimal Gurung’s plea seeking immunity against detention and arrest by the West Bengal government will be heard by the Supreme Court.
Bimal Gurung’s counsel claimed that the state was proceeding in a “biased manner” against GJM members and there was an environment of “constant fear” in Darjeeling due to this.
Mamata Banerjee said that the government would consider giving Group D jobs in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) to family members of those killed during the agitation.
Mamata also wrote letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh Monday, asking them not to withdraw the companies from the Hills, and accusing the Centre of taking a “politically and administratively” bad decision with an intention to “destabilise and divide Bengal”
Dilip Ghosh said he got no protection or help from police
Fundamental issues flagged by the Gorkhaland movement in the Darjeeling hills must be addressed.
Coincidentally, all those who have been arrested had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi recently.
Expelled Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Binay Tamang said that normalcy was returning in the hills. Tamang is one of the key GJM leaders who had represented the party in two rounds of dialogues with state government to discuss the Darjeeling issue.
“Binay Tamang should have raised the Gorkhaland issue. He is a traitor. Why demand the removal of cases (against GJM leaders)?” asked Gurung.
Nearly half a dozen IED blasts have taken place in the Hills during the pro-Gorkhaland agitation. On August 20, a civic policeman had died in an IED explosion at a police outpost in Kalimpong.
This comes 80 days after the GJM called an indefinite strike in the Hills over its demand of Gorkhaland and two days after the Hill parties, including a GJM delegation led by Tamang, met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.
“GNLF central committee president Mann Ghising wrote to me last night, requesting us to open a dialogue to bring back normalcy and restore peace in Darjeeling Hills. It is a constructive and positive signal. In response to this request, we have decided to hold a meeting with them,” Mamata said
Sources said that though they suspect Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders behind the explosion, a breakthrough in the case will only be achieved after the police are able to identify the two motorcycle-borne miscreants captured in the CCTV cameras near the police station.
The police booked Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung and several others under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for their alleged involvement in the blast.
“I am hopeful the hill parties leading the movement will attend this meeting and help find a possible road map for Gorkhaland statehood. I thank the honorable Home Minister for the kind invite and hope the central government will do justice for the Gorkha’s at the earliest,” Bimal Gurung said