The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung ruled out any talks with the State government and warned that it would be responsible forany untoward development if its uses force to foil the on-going strike for Gorkhaland.
Mr. Gurung, who offered his respects to party activist Mangal Singh Rajput, whose death by self-immolation on August 3 seems to have become a turning-point for the movement, said the GJM will not engage in any dialogue with the State government, and its discussions with the Centre on the issue is now “on the right course”.
“It is a huge development that one of our people has achieved martyrdom for the cause of Gorkhaland,” he said at Kalimpong, even as the GJM leader warned the State government that the use of force to break the strike would “have dangerous implications for which only the government will be responsible”.
Normal life remained affected on Monday as the strike entered its third day. There was hardly any attendance in the State government offices despite clear directives from the administration that salaries of employees would be deducted if they failed to turn up for work. The GJM supporters were picketing outside the office of the District Magistrate in Darjeeling and were later dispersed by the police.
The police also arrested a number of GJM supporters for their alleged involvement in incidents of arson last week.