BJP wants peace & development in Darjeeling hills: Ghosh

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 24, 2017

The elected members of the GTA belonged to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) which is leading the stir.

Chamling also argued in his letter to Singh that disturbances in the Darjeeling hills result in blockade on the landlocked hill state's only lifeline, NH 10, and prolonged blockade could lead to security concerns since Sikkim shares global borders with China, Nepal and Bhutan. "We will burn GTA agreement on June 27". Instead of slapping FIRs against those police officers who shot dead our men the Government is victimising our leaders to gag the popular voice. I have not taken up arms against the country.

Meanwhile, a 12-hour relaxation in GJM's indefinite strike is now underway in Darjeeling hills.

The boarding schools arranged for buses to send the students to Siliguri in the plains, from where the guardians will pick them up. From today we, as ordinary people, will move ahead and will fight for Gorkhaland. "All the boarders have been evacuated". "I demand a CBI inquiry". "Cases should be lodged against the police and the state administration for violating human rights and the killing of people", he said. "We have enough evidences and footage, which will prove that police fired bullets on protesters on Jun 17", Gurung said.

The GJM chief said he will talk to the Centre only when the Gorkhaland demand was met.

Meanwhile, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said that the resignations would be forwarded to the GTA principal secretary.

In fact, the GJM leaders along with the other hill parties and main opposition parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist and Congress boycotted the state sponsored all party meeting held on Thursday. Sikkim will be hugely benefitted as its developmental tempo can thus be maintained, ” the Chief Minister said.

Darjeeeling has been witnessing indefinite shutdown called by GJM.

Tourism minister Gautam Deb said the way the GJM was throwing challenges was not correct.

The struggle of the Gorkhas, and their demand for Gorkhaland is nearly 70 years old. Wearing a battle fatigue, Gurung told reporters at his residence that the movement for Gorkhaland would continue till he dies.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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