Darjeeling, 1 October: The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM)-affiliated All Transport Joint Action Committee (ATJAC) has called a 12-hour transport strike in the Darjeeling Hills on 3 October, demanding immediate release of the committee&’s president and secretary who are now behind bars. The ATJAC today formed a coordination committee, comprising 53 syndicates from the Hills. The committee decided they would not allow a single vehicle to ply except those associated with the emergency services next Thursday. “The ATJAC members comprising 52 syndicates of the Hills have unanimously decided not to allow any vehicle to ply save those doing emergency services on the day of the strike. We demand immediate release of the president and the secretary of the ATJAC,” said the newly appointed secretary of the coordination committee, Mr Manor Chhetri.
Mr Narbu Lama, the president of ATJAC, was arrested on 28 September for his alleged role in the riot in the wake of the alleged molestation of a 16-year-old girl by a RAF jawan while Mr Pramod Srimal, its secretary, was arrested for allegedly blocking the National Highway during the statehood stir renewed in the end of July. sns