Para-military forces step up patrolling after GJM leader threatens

Para-military forces step up patrolling after GJM leader threatens


Para-military forces step up patrolling after GJM leader threatens


Darjeeling/Siliguri:  Para-military forces stepped up patrolling and state combat forces took position in all sensitive pockets after a GJM leader's threat of self-immolation and burning of GTA agreement across Darjeeling Hills as indefinite shutdown entered the 16th day today. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's youth wing leader Prakash Gurung yesterday threatened to immolate himself in public or die by resorting to fast for statehood amid the party's proposed rallies and burning of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement across the hills. The GTA accord was signed on July 18, 2011 among the Centre, West Bengal Government and GJM for a semi-autonomous body to rule the hills. GJM president Bimal Gurung on June 23 announced to burn the agreement copies of the GTA, which he described as a dead body now after the GJM members, who won all the 45 seats of the semi-autonomous body of GTA, resigned. Mr Gurung said they have now only one option, either to have statehood for Indian Gorkhas in West Bengal or die for it. Besides burning of the GTA copies, the GJM proposed to hold "Tube Rallies" meaning the glass would be broken on their back until oozing of blood, thereby signifying they are ready for bloodshed to attain their goal of Gorkhaland. On Monday evening, suspected Gorkha activists torched the house of Rajen Betiwal, Chairman of West Bengal Khas Cultural Development Board, at Paiyun Bustee in Kalimpong. His three cars were also damaged. Locals rescued the family members of Betiwal, who fled to Siliguri.

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