GJM convoy attacked in West Bengal’s Dooars

February 9th, 2009 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Siliguri, Feb 9 (IANS) A Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) convoy was attacked by anti-GJM activists when it entered the Dooars region of West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district Monday, the police said.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri, along with a local Congress leader and about 50 activists in two vehicles, Monday went to Chamurchi area of Dooars, about 100 km from here, to meet the family of a supporter who was killed by anti-GJM activists Saturday.

“About 100 anti-GJM activists gheraoed Giri’s convoy at Chamurchi and threatened violence if he didn’t leave Dooars immediately. When Giri refused to do so, they started throwing stones at his convoy,” said Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) K.L. Tamta.

“The police was on alert and immediately shifted Giri and his supporters to a safe shelter in Chamurchi Forest Busty. All are safe and unhurt. They will be sent back to Darjeeling after the situation calms down,” Tamta said.

However, the two vehicles of the GJM were severely damaged.

The GJM, led by Bimal Gurung, has been leading a movement in the hills for a separate state, besides opposing the Sixth Schedule status for Darjeeling district.

The central government in 2005 conferred the Sixth Schedule status on the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF)-led Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), ensuring greater autonomy to the governing body.

The DGHC was formed in 1988 through an agreement between the central and state governments and the GNLF after the hills witnessed violence for about two years.

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