CPRM to back Bimal in Delhi
OUR CORRESPONDENT - The Telegraph
Darjeeling, Dec. 15: Supporters of the CPRM have started leaving for Delhi for the three-day dharna in support of Gorkhaland at Jantar Mantar, starting from the 19th of this month.
Although of late the party has not shared a good relationship with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the CPRM has decided to extend support to Bimal Gurung’s outfit for the statehood agitation.
D.S. Bomzom, spokesperson for the CPRM, said: “We are trying to mobilise and take 1,000 supporters to Delhi. We hope at least 800 will be able to make it to the dharna.”
“The tripartite meeting is scheduled to take place soon. We hope the dharna will help the one-year old (Morcha) movement,” he added.
The argument has surprised many as Gurung had on various occasions accused a certain section of the hill leaders, who are now advocating the separate state cause, of having a hand in killing about 1,200 Gorkhaland supporters during the 1986 agitation led by the GNLF. Gurung was then a GNLF strongman.
The Morcha allegations have been levelled mainly against the CPRM leaders, most of whom were with the CPM during the statehood agitation of the eighties. The CPM, the ruling party in the state for over 30 years, has always been against Gorkhaland. It was only in 1997 that a faction of the CPM broke away to form the CPRM to demand the new state.
In recent times, the CPRM has not shared a common platform with the Morcha ever since the “all-party” representation in the tripartite talks held in September this year.
After the meeting in New Delhi, Gurung had announced publicly that the “all-party chapter was closed”.
Bomzom said the dharna would also be addressed by others who have been advocating the statehood cause in their respective regions.
“I have heard that leaders demanding Telengana will be among the others,” he said.
The CPRM dharna will be led by R.B. Rai, the general secretary of the party and a former Rajya Sabha MP from Darjeeling.
In another development, the All Gorkha Minority Forum — a frontal organisation of the Morcha — started its three-day dharna from today at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. About 200 representatives of minority communities in the hills — Tibetans, Bengalis, Marwaris among others — are participating in the dharna.
Boss’s rap to Kalchini force
OUR CORRESPONDENT - The Telegraph
Alipurduar, Dec. 15: The inspector-general of police (north Bengal) has hauled up the office-in-charge of Kalchini, saying had the force played a proactive role, the clashes that shook the block on Wednesday could have been avoided.
K.L. Tamta, the inspector-general, who toured the block this afternoon along with S.R. Misra, the additional superintendent of police of Alipurduar and Ujjwal Bhowmik, the subdivisional police officer, said many people were aware of the Morcha gathering.
Tamta had interacted with the people in the Hamiltongonj market.
“They told me that they knew about the Morcha rally. It was a failure on the part of the officer in charge of the Kalchini police station that he did not have any information about the movement. The police should have played a proactive role so that they could prevent the incident. Everybody seemed to have known that there would be a gathering in front of the block office and near the Latabari gram panchayat office,” said Tamta.
The officer said the people had told him that they had come to know about the gathering from newspapers. “The police in Hamiltangunj must improve the relationship with the local people. Only then will they be able to get information and can ensure peace in the area.”
Any organisation bringing out a procession must take permission from the police, Tamta said. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which has accused Tamta of partisan attitude, wants the inspector general, to be transferred before December 22, failing which it will skip the second round of the tripartite talks.
This afternoon, a delegation led by Biswaranjan Sarkar, the president of the district committee of the Congress, met the superintendent of police of Jalpaiguri, Manoj Verma.
They talked about the clashes in Hamiltangunj as well as the ransacking of the Congress party office in Alipurduar, allegedly by the SFI, on November 28.
Computer teacher goes missing
Statesman News Service
KURSEONG, Dec. 15: Mr Tulsi Raj Sharma, a computer teacher of the Pushparani Roy Memorial School, Kurseong is mysteriously missing since last night.
According to his father, Mr Sishupal Sharma, Tulsi Raj had left his house for Pankhabari on Saturday to meet his ill maternal grandfather and he also spent Saturday night in his grandfather's house in Pankhabari. He went to Siliguri yesterday for some work. “He called me at about 7:30 p.m. yesterday and asked me to go to the local motor stand as he was in some problem. I went to the Kurseong Motor Stand but could not find him. I tried to call him on his cell phone several times but there was no response from him,” the worried father, said. “We have not found any trace of the missing person so far and we are investigating the matter,” the Kurseong SDPO, Mr.Rakesh Singh said today.
Notably, Tulsi's younger brother had also gone missing about 14 months ago and after five days his body was found hanging from a tree in the Sukna jungle.
GJMM upset with police atrocities in Dooars, Siliguri
Statesman News Service
DARJEELING, Dec. 15: The Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha has demanded an impartial probe by the state and Central government in its letters to chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Union home minister Mr P Chidmabram and the chairman of National Human Rights Commission against the “politicised role” of police administration in the two day violence in Dooars and Siliguri last week.
“Our rally comprised mainly of women and students demonstrating peacefully outside the Hamiltonganj BDO office to implement state government office closure programme of the GJMM. They were attacked by anti-socials without any provocation and the police force headed by the IGP, north Bengal Mr KL Tamta played a biased role in the series of incidents. We demand his transfer,” said GJMM spokesperson Mr Binay Tamang.
The GJMM has further alleged that violence triggered when “some anti-socials hired by the Alipurduar RSP MP Mr Joakim Buxla attacked a GJMM rally with a “fusillade of missiles” from inside his house. The GJMM has served the state government an ultimatum till 22 December to arrest those involved in the attack on its supporters at Kalchini and Debidanga failing which it would call a 72-hour strike and also skip the second tripartite talks in New Delhi.
Indicating the role of Bangaladeshi infiltrators in the attack, the GJMM has blamed the residents of Kalkot mouza's Refugee Rehabilitation Colony for violence in Debidanga on 11 December. The assault on GJMM's students’ wing leader Mr Dhanraj Thapa in Birpara on Saturday allegedly by RSP cadres further aggravated the situation.
Women demonstrate at Bagdogra
The Gorkha Jana Mukti Nari Morcha ~ the women wing of the GJMM, had to retract from a hunger strike agitation plan at the Bagdogra police station premise this morning following stiff police resistance.
The relay hunger strike was planned as part of the GJMM's ongoing agitation against the recent violence at Kalchini in the Dooars.