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Saturday, September 18, 2010

GNLF leaders joined ABGL - More likely to join... UGRF Chief Dahal released on bail

KalimNews: Ex-Councillors of DGHC K.N.Subba of Gorubathan and Rajen Mukhia of Panighatta leaving GNLF joined Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League. In a programme held in Kalimpong ABGL announced that these two top brass GNLF leaders were inducted in ABGL. Tika Khati of Mirik  (an Ex-Secretary of DGHC), CB Tamang, Mary Minj, Sangita Toppo and Palden Lama also joined ABGL. A source indicated that Dawa Sherpa of Kalimpong, Tshering Sherpa of Kafer, Tshering Dahal Ex Panchayat Pradhan of Sukuna are also likely to join ABGL.
Addressing a press conference Dawa Sherpa Working President of ABGL announced that the two with their supporters resigned from GNLF and membership of ABGL was granted to them.  Sherpa said that ABGL has no enmity with GJMM and it wants peace in the hills as such it will continue its agitation for the creation of a separate state. He further said that their agitation will be Delhi based. He reminded that ABGL has filed a suit in Kolkata High Court demading proper enquiry on murder of its the then President Madan Tamang. He said that the party's demand for CBI enquiry of the murder is likely to be started by the center.
ABGL Subdivisional committee too was reconstituted today. Tribhuan Rai as President, Kamal Chhetri as Vice President, Tshewang Bhutia as Secretary, Santa Bdr Chhetri as Asst Secretary, Urel Rai as Treasurer along with 9 executive members were  elected in the Committee. Tarun Gorkha was also constituted with Tshewang Bhutia as President and Manoj Chhetri as Secretary of the youth wing of ABGL. 
IANS, Siliguri, Sep 18 : Rajen Mukhiya, a long-time close aide of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) president Subhas Ghising, Saturday joined the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL).
Mukhiya, who resigned from the GNLF last month accusing Ghising of being 'inactive' during a vital stage of the hill politics and Gorkhaland movement, announced his decision to join the ABGL at a crowded media meet here in West Bengal's Darjeeling district.
KN Subba with ABGL leaders at Town hall who recently joined ABGL attending the meeting during the formation of Tarun Gorkha LeMukhiya said: 'The GNLF has virtually become extinct. I have pleaded with Ghising so many times to return to the hills and take part in active politics. We also urged him to make his stand clear on the Gorkhaland movement and on ABGL president Madan Tamang's murder. But he has maintained a stony silence.'
He also alleged that Ghising is maintaining 'covert-alliance' with the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) which is now spearheading the Gorkhaland movement in the Darjeeling hills. The GJM has been held responsible by its political opponents for the May 21 murder of Tamang, he said.
Accusing the Bimal Gurung-led GJM of fomenting trouble in the hills and ruining its economy, Mukhiya said: 'The ABGL is the best platform to fight against the GJM atrocities.'
Along with Mukhiya, the former convenor of GNLF's Terai branch, hundreds of his followers joined the ABGL. Some GJM leaders like Prakash Subba also announced in the media meet that they were casting their lot with the ABGL.
ABGL working president Dawa Sherpa welcomed Mukhiya and his associates and said: 'The downfall of the GJM has started. We will strengthen our movement against the GJM shortly.'
Meanwhile, seven GJM youth leaders have started a hunger strike in front of the district magistrate's office in Darjeeling town, demanding that the administration present Nicol Tamang, the prime accused in the Madan Tamang murder case, before the public.
Nicol Tamang fled from police custody near Siliguri Aug 22 a week after his arrest.
The three subdivisions -- Kalimpong, Kurseong and Darjeeling -- comprising the hilly areas of Darjeeling district have been on the boil for years with a section of political parties rooting for the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland.
The GNLF had been in the forefront of the agitation since the late 1980s and ran the autonomous Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, enjoying a virtual monopoly over hill politics. However, the GJM overshadowed the GNLF to seize control of the Gorkhaland movement in 2008.
Ghising was practically driven out of the hills and now stays in the plains of New Jalpaiguri. 

Around 350 GJM, GNLF activists join ABGL
UNI, Siliguri, Sep 18: Around 350 activists of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) today shifted allegiance to the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL).
A key member of Subhash Ghising-led GNLF Rajan Mukhia, who also switched over to ABGL, alleged that Ghising was secretly supporting GJM and that was the reason why he changed sides.
Besides Mukhia, various other members of the GJM, including women activists, joined ABGL. ABGL working president Dawa Sherpa, welcomed the activists into the partyfold. He also welcomed Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is likely to visit the hills in the last week of September, and said any political party is welcome in the hills.
''We believe in non-violence and peaceful means of protest and and won't oppose similar move by any political party,'' he added.
KalimNews:49 ABGL supporters and 6 CPRM supporters of Ghoom Jorebunglow resigned from their parties and joined GJMM. During a programme at Patleybas headquarters and residence of Bimal Gurung, President of GJMM they surrendered their party flags to Gurung. 
Tea garden bonus announced 
KalimNews: After a meeting with the tea planters union the bonus for the year 2010 was announced. Workers of Tea garden graded in Group A, B and C will receive 20 percent while D will receive 18 percent bonus. Last year bonus received by Group A was 18 , B 16.5 , C 15 and D 13.25 percent.
Armed Police for hills
KalimNews: As Center is withdrawing two companies of CRPF deployed to Darjeeling a month ago State government has decided to deploy State armed police in Darjeeling Hills.  Considering the need of security force in Commonwealth games and Bihar election Central government has withdrawn the force. 
PTI, Kolkata: The West Bengal government today said two companies of central forces deployed in Darjeeling have been withdrawn despite its request for their extension. "Two companies of CRPF posted in Darjeeling have been withdrawn from the hills from September 10 despite request by the West Bengal government for their extension," Home Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters here.

The law and order situation in Darjeeling is now being looked after by the State Armed Police (SAP), he said.
Asked whether the withdrawal of the central forces was due to coming Assembly elections in Bihar or the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Ghosh said it could be for some other reason too.
UGRF Chief Dahal released on bail
KalimNews: Ajay Dahal, President of UGRF and wanted in a murder of GNLF supporter Yohan Sing Lepcha in Kalimpong and arrested in arms act in Gangtok was released simultaneously on bail by ACJM Kalimpong and CJM Gangtok. 
Dahal was arrested by Sikkim police on  9 February 2010 with a country made pistol and 3 cartridges. Later he was  handed over to Kalimpong police station for his trial and cases against Lepcha's murder and an armed struggle against the state government. Cases registered against Dahal were under section 112, 113, 120,302-34, IPC and arms act.
Previously he had threatened the then GNLF Councillors and leaders and lately threatening Bimal Gurung and leaders of GJMM through pamphlets. But very recently he was not aggressive and was maintaining low profile. 
Before forming UGRF Dahal was the AGSU chief of Kalimpong chapter and later resigned it to join GNLF 'C' and after a brief period started another new party UGRF on 21 November 2004 in Kalimpong.
Suddenly on 5 September 2006 Dahal announced the formation of United Gorkha Revolutionary Army from UGRF and an armed struggle for the creation of a separate state and went underground. At that time UGRF had a few youth and having armed training in their hideout around the forest of Santuk area near Algarah. During this period Yohan Sing Lepcha was shot dead in the night of 24- morning of 25 October 2006.  UGRF took the responsibilty of the murder through a press report and branded Lepcha as an informer of police and GNLF.
In the same case of murder Dahal's accomplice Suk bdr Subba was arrested from one of his hideout by Kalimpong Police on 28th November 2006 later Subba was freed on bail.
Darjeeling Police also had arrested 10 members of UGRF in 2006 during the raids. Later Ajay changed his hideout and finally stationed at Sikkim and was contacting media from there. His chief accomplice and advisor Rudra Acharya is still at large. Dahal had refuted allegations registered against him and said that it is a political conspiracy to shut his voice and his agitation.
Stranded tourists rescued by Sikkim police, locals
Prakha, GANGTOK, September 18: Sixty tourists, who had been struck in a slide while coming down to Gangtok from a Changu lake trip yesterday, have returned back safely to Gangtok today through the Rongli-Nathu La road.
The tourists had gone to Changu lake on a sightseeing trip in six vehicles from Rongli- Nathu La circuit after getting permission from the police.
Tourist movement from Gangtok-Nathu La (Jawaharlal Nehru Marg) is presently prohibited due to vulnerable road conditions.
Sources inform that after completing the Changu lake trip, the tourists decided to drop down to Gangtok from the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and were left stranded at 17th Mile when a slide broke out at around 4:30 pm.
Sikkim police personnel stationed at outposts along the Gangtok-Nathu La road came forward along with the local residents to help the stranded tourists. The tourists were recovered from their predicament and given warm shelter for the night by the local residents at their houses.
The tourists were sent back to Gangtok through the Rongli-Nathu La road today morning. The slides are expected to be cleared by Monday. 

Rural Football for friendship

KalimNews, Jholung,  18 September : Police Public Friendship Football Festival of rural level was inaugurated by Devendra Pratap  Singh,  SP Darjeeling Police in Jholung today. During a opening ceremony organised by Jaldhaka Police Station Singh freed a dove indicating that Police are for the peace and harmony of the public and the nation. Singh kicked the ball while inaugurating a friendship match between Jaldhaka veterans nine versus SP Darjeeling Nine, the later won the match by 1-0. 
Two more matches were played between MSK Gairigaon & Springdales Girls team versus MSK Dalgaon Girls and another match between Jaldhaka Nine and Dalgaon Nine. Gaurav Sharma ASP Siliguri, Kunal Agarwal ASP Darjeeling and Smt J Dorji ASP Kalimpong were also present in the ceremony. Final match will be played on 3rd October 2010.  
Petroleum dealers strike defers
IBNS, New Delhi, Sept 18: Petroleum dealers on Saturday announced of deferring their indefinite strike from September 20 following assurances from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas that their demands will be looked into.
The decision to defer the strike was taken following a meeting between Union minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Murli Deora, his junior minister Jitin Prasada, top officials of the ministry and representatives of the Federation of All India petroleum Traders’ Associaition. A spokesperson of the petroleum dealers’ body said that it was agreed that a committee would be constituted to look into the demand of the dealers for a commission of 5 per cent of the retail price of the products against the fixed rates at present.
The committee will submit its report within three months.
On the dealers’ opposition to more petrol bunks, it was decided that the oil companies would open new retail outlets, if needed, with proper permission from the Ministry.
Regarding another demand of the dealers for a uniform retail price of automobile fuels across the country, the meeting agreed that the Ministry would approach the Finance Ministry since the issue involved government levies.

Emergency indispensable - Dead Body Carrying Van for Darjeeling on 18 September 2010
Rabin Rai, Photo: Mohan Lama, (

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