GJMM demands release of GTA member

The Statesman

DARJEELING/KURSEONG, 24 MAY: The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha today threatened to go for an indefinite strike across the Darjeeling Hills, demanding release of a GTA member whom police had arrested in connection with the recent disturbances at Gorubathan. The party set a deadline up to 25 May. The shutdown would begin from 26 May if police fails to comply, it is warned.

The GJMM leaders, including the GTA members and councillors of the Darjeeling municipality, today staged an agitation in front of the Darjeeling police station and demanded that the GTA member, Chandra Yonzon, elected from Gorubathan constituency in Kalimpong sub-division, be released immediately. The GJMM activists staged an agitation in front of other police stations too and served memorandums, demanding the same.

Notably, at least 11 GJMM activists, including five girls, were arrested yesterday in connection with the road blockade stir that dragged for  eight hours near Gorubathan that stopped  the vice-president of the Trinamul Hill committee, K N Subba, from returning home last Wednesday.

“We would go for an indefinite strike from 26 May onwards and this aside, there would be ‘jail bharo’ agitation. These would continue till Mr Yonzon is released,” said the GTA member and GJMM general secretary, Mr Roshan Giri.

According to police, the ACJM court in Kalimpong has rejected bail plea of the seven arrested persons, including mr Chandra Yonzon, today.

All the eleven persons arrested were produced before the court. The rest of them were released on ‘personal recognisance bond’.

Tension still prevails at Gorubathan and all the government and non-government offices and business establishments have remained closed for the third consecutive day today. Mr Subba’s house and that of his sister were allegedly set on fire by some GJMM supporters at Gorubathan last night, a Trinamul leader from the Hills, Mr Binny Sharma said.

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