Gurung urges jailed workers to go on fast
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung on Thursday called upon the jailed party activists to go on fast, hours after GJM assistant general secretary Binay Tamang was arrested from Bengal-Sikkim border.
Gurung said there will be no relaxation even on Saturday and Sunday under "Ghar Bahitra Janata" movement for statehood, which would go on for indefinite period till all the GJM members are released and their cases are withdrawn.
He told his party activists at Chowkbazar that so far 721 people have been arrested, who have been advised to resort to indefinite hunger strike in the custody.
However, the official sources said so far 630 people have been arrested. .
After two days' suspension of the movement for natural calamity, the agitation returned on the streets disrupting life in the entire hills.
Gurung had suspended the agitation for Tuesday and Wednesday after thunder storms damaged public and private property on Monday night.
Security forces in a major crackdown arrested GJM's assistant secretary and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) member Binay Tamang, who is also party spokesman, and Satish Pokhrel, a Sabhashad from Relling constituency along with 40 others GMM activists overnight.
Pokhrel is alsoin-charge of the party in the Dooars.
Benay Tamang, in-charge of information and culture department of GTA, was arrested from Rambi near Sikkim-West Bengal border at Kalimpong sub-division, in an old case. He was accused of waving black flag and preventing driveway of North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb in Kalimpong six months back.
Darjeeling ADM Gopal Lama said they have sent a report to Kolkata giving details of the damages, which are estimated about Rs 2 crore.
Darjeeling town was hit by a thunderstorm on Monday resulting flattening of trees and electric poles plunging the town under drakness.
However, the situation was restoring gradually after erection of poles and laying wires on emergency basis, especially to all vital installations and emergency services.
(Posted on 22-08-2013)