Statesman news service
Darjeeling, 4 August
The Muslim community in the Hills has maintained not to fanfare the festive celebration of Id come 9 August extending support to the ongoing agitation and shutdown of Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha for the demand of Gorkhaland.
In support of Gorkhaland, the members of the community said that the community will not seek any relaxation to the shutdown.
“Even if Mr Bimal Gurung grants relief to the community for the Id, we shall neither grant the celebration nor we shall complain,” said Mr Abdul Rashid Butt, secretary to the head of the community Anjuman-e-Islamia.
He said: “However, all the religious facets of Id will be carried out but without any fanfare unlike the earlier years.”
Further, the members of the community maintained that the decision has been passed to all the Muslim co-ordinates all over the Hills.
He said: “We shall also pray for Gorkhaland,” he also said.
Another member of the community, Mr Ali Akhtar, who is also the general secretary to the GJMM minority front, said: “All the communities of the Hills supports the demand of Gorkhaland.”
Meanwhile, expressing gratitude to the decision by the community, the GJMM chief Mr Bimal Gurung said: “I am grateful to the Muslim community for supporting the Gorkhaland demand by not celebrating their festival of Id.”
“I am obliged to the Muslim community and I promise we will celebrate Id on a much bigger margin once we achieve Gorkhaland,” Mr Gurung said.