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Friday, September 3, 2010

Police action starts in Darjeeling hills

KalimNews: Kalimpong KalimNews: Kalimpong Police has arrested four GJNM supporters for a fire and arson case of 2008. Previously these Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha (a women's wing of GJMM) supporters were issued warrants but they failed to surrender to the court. Others involved in the same and other several similar cases surrendered before the court and were granted bail. Of them GJMM frontline leaders too were issued warrants.
The arrested Soni Biswakarma, Passang Chhetri, Palmu Lama and Sangita Sherpa on surrender were not granted bail by the ACJM of Kalimpong. They were arrested under section 143, 310, 380, 427, 448 and 506 IPC vide Case no 94/10 of 13 May 2010. All of them belong to Savitri Ghising road area of Bom Busty.
Since 2007 the inception of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha several cases of fire and arson, threatening, attempt to murder, murder, destruction of government property, extortion, wrongful restraining, violating prohibitory orders, obstructing government servants, disobeying government and court rules have been filed by the different police stations against several GJMM supporters and leaders. 
Considering the murder case of Madan Tamang slain leader of ABGL as a special case, till May 2010 no action was taken neither by the police nor by the court. From May 2010 it started issuing arrest warrant and the offenders were asked to surrender in the court and get bail.
Since August midweek Police is more active in hills than before. The first case was arrest of Krishna Adhikari of a former GJMM Office bearer by Gorubathan Police Station on the night of 20th August for torching a bike and car of Dilbahadur Sarki the then GNLF supporter and a present GJMM advisor during 2008.

Restoration of land slide affected areas in South Sikkim
Pema Shagderpa, Gangtok:(Photos: Shital Pradhan, Despite Thursday being a holiday for janma Asthami , The Secretary Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department cum Relief Commissioner B. K. Kharel along with the Additional Chief Engineer, Road & Bridges Department G. T. Dhungel and the Superintending Engineer (South/West) Lakpa Sherpa toured extensively along landslide affected areas in South Sikkim which has choked major state highways and other connecting state roads.The tour began from the slide at Sirwani just above the Lanco project site.
They then visited the troubled spot at Sirwani and two other places on the Singtam Temi stretch. They also visited the Bermiok Phongla road which has been closed totally for almost over a week now.
They checked the work progress at the affected areas. The Bermiok Phongla road has seen major damages and it was ascertained that the main cause for the sinking of the entire hill could be due to the Lanco project and the underground use of dynamites.
The Relief Commissioner interacted with the panchayats, villagers and the public of the affected areas at Reship, Namphing along the Bermiok-Phongla road.
The officials then visited Nag dhara which has cut off Namchi and Rabongla for over a week now after the road there has totally caved in.
 The relief commissioner was satisfied with the progress of the restoration works despite inclement weather hampering the progress as slush and debris continued to disrupt the work progress. Transhipment is the only possibility for commuting along this stretch at present.
The officials then visited Seleley Bhir between Ralong and Rabongla in South Sikkim. The Additional chief engineer G. T. Dhungel and the Superintending Engineer (South West) Lakpa Sherpa along with the Assistant Engineers and the Junior Engineers have monitoring the work at the sites almost everyday for the last four days.
They have mobilised additional labour and equipments for the restoration works caused due to the natural calamity.
_MG_6523.JPG The officials said since it was a natural disaster and commuters had to face problem, they were taking all steps to clear the roads so that no hardship is faced. They have sought cooperation for all.
However, the people of the area and villagers have been agitated that despite such disasters affecting people, the BDOs and the panchayats and other officials stationed in the areas have not visited the sites.
“We can see only the officials from the roads and bridges department at the sites.

_MG_6552.JPGAlthough all officials travel along the route, we hardly see them enquire about our plights. We want to thank the Relief Commissioner and the roads and bridges department officials for their inspection and directions” a villager said. (Photos:from top to bottom- Officers on visit,  Road blocked at Sirwani,  Affected house at Juice Factory area of Singtam,  Officers at the affected site, People walking at the landslides, Landslide at  Manpari Busty- Iandslide  during the night of 28 and 29 August 2010 and restoration work)
Men erecting a BTS tower (Base Transceiver Station) of BSNL mobile in Jholung  
(Photo: Surendra Kumai)
Shiva Thapa with his silver medal won in Boxing of Junior Olympic held in Singapore.
Shiva settled for a silver in the bantam weight (54kg) division after losing 2-5 in the finals to Cuba's Ramirez Robeisy Aloy, who had defeated the Indian at the Youth World Championships just three months ago. He was accorded Hero’s Welcome at Lokapriya Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, Assam his home state,  a procession followed him till Deshbhakta TRP Indoor Stadium. (Source & Photos: Nanda kirat Dewan)

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