statesman news service
SILIGURI, 18 JUNE: In a politically significant move when the GJMM and the GTA being run by it are weltering under pressure from several quarters, the Opposition Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) is all set to launch its Kurseong sub-divisional unit for Village Protection Cell (VPC), its affiliate, at Longview Community Hall in Kurseong tomorrow.
According to a senior GNLF leader, around 4,500 youths have been recruited from Kurseong sub-division for the unit so far.
The VPC is deemed to be a cell parallel to the GJMM&’s Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP) despite the GNLF claiming that it is a purely voluntary unit of the party whose members whose age group is 18 to 35 are dedicated to the service of the communities living in the Hills.
It is learnt from the GNLF sources that the members of the unit from four blocks in the sub-division would participate in tomorrow&’s programme in full strength.
The GNLF sources further said that members of the VPC would carry out social welfare activities in their respective areas.
“The VPC members would serve the ailing people. They would help them to be brought to the hospitals.
They would also extend assistance to the people at large in case of any natural calamity like landslides in the Hills.
The GNLF is now busy enrolling as many youths from the two other sub-divisions ~ Darjeeling and Kalimpong ~ as possible in the community service through the VPC,” said a senior leader of the front.