GJMM supremo asks locals to fight final battle democratically
Statesman news service
Darjeeling, 4 August
On the second day of the indefinite strike convened by the GJMM, the party chief Mr Bimal Gurung today made his entry at Darjeeling Chowk bazaar.
Addressing a gathering here, Mr Gurung, said: “Mamata Banerjee is rough and tough towards the Hills demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland, we should be prepared to face it.” The day was declared as a ‘black day’ by the party throughout the shutdown areas to mourn the death of Mangal Singh Rajput who died yesterday at one of the hospitals in Siliguri after he had attempted self immolation earlier at Dambar chowk in Kalimpong, for Gorkhaland.
In the gathering, Mr Gurung further hinted the movement could be a blood-shed agitation pointing towards the Central Reserve Paramilitary Force (CRPF) that has been deployed in the Hills since yesterday. Mr Gurung said: “This is the policy of the state government. We shall fight democratically but thousands might die along with me. But this time the Centre has impart justice to our Gorkhaland demand when Telangana is being granted.”
“I have also asked the Army ex-servicemen that they should be ready to give up their medals and fight for the final battle of Gorkhaland,” said Mr Gurung adding that, “All the communities, organisations, associations and each member of the family should join the movement.”
Meanwhile, in Darjeeling, police today arrested five activists of the GJMM in relation with picketing, blocking police van and blocking government servicemen. They were brought at the district court and four of the arrested was bailed by evening. Also Mr Prakash Gurung, GTA sabha member of Rimbik-Lhodoma constituency who was arrested in relation with the shutdown of two hydel power station of the region has also been bailed.
“Thousands more will be arrested as we have decided to further sterilise the movement,” Mr Gurung said.
In a separate incident, a passenger vehicle plying on NH-31 was set on fire near Kalihora in Kalimpong sub-division. The culprits are yet to be identified.
Mr Gurung is expected to leave for Kalimpong tomorrow to attend the funeral of Rajput. In Darjeeling, he said that the party will stage a dharna in front of the Darjeeling district court.