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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Demonstration in Kolkata...Buddhadeb’s Malbazar trip a failure?...Buddha slams GJM for 'anarchy'

KalimNews, Feb 19: Hundreds of GJM and its frontal wing supporters staged a sit in demonstration at Dharamtala of Kolkata on February 19th. Speaking to KalimNews Anup Lama of Janmukti Karmachari Sangathan said that members of Janmukti Karmachari Sangathan, Janmukti Asthayi Karmachari, Sangathan, Minority Forum and Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha of all three hill subdivisions participated in the demonstration.
Some members of Lagarh Manch distributed pamphlets with a call to support the demand of Gorkhaland. Demonstrators demanded CBI inquiry of Sibshu firing, safe passage to Marchers in Dooars and lifting of 144 CrPC from Dooars. They also vehemently criticised the government for ignoring those who are at Fast unto death at Bagrakote. It was learnt the condition of three participants is deteriorating fast and neither GJM central committee leaders nor District administration has given them proper attention about their health condition.
(West Bengal police has forcefully taken all the participants of fats unto death at Bagrakote to Malbazar Rural Hospital in the night of 19 February. Condition of Nirmala Diyali, Binda Lama and Devi Banur was critical and having very serious complications. Yesterday a team of Doctors visited and medically examined the 5 huger strike participants.) 
Later in the evening they staged a candle light and silent rally there.
Meanwhile people were in rush everywhere to complete their pending works and buying the essential commodities during the relaxation of 4 days announced after 10 days strike. Schools are preparing for the forthcoming board examinations but starting of new session is still in a confusion. Most schools have decided not to open the schools till 22nd February as  the party too has suggested that only on 22 February the party's stand for further programme will be clear and guardians will be harassed to send their students and again return if any programme is announced.
GJMM demands CBI probe into Sipchu incident
SNS,KOLKATA, 19 FEB: The Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM) members today staged a sit-in at Esplanade demanding a CBI probe into the police firing at Sipchu on 8 February in which three GJMM supporters were killed.
Mr Kishore Bhan, spokesperson of GJMM's Kolkata unit, said: “We've lost faith in the state government's magisterial inquiry into the indiscriminate police firing at Sipchu. We want justice.” 

The GJMM supporters said their main agenda is not development rather they want a separate political entity through a separate state. But the state government is conspiring to mix both the issues to nullify our demand for a separate state.
A committee member said: "We demand Gorkhaland under Article 3(A) of the Indian Constitution." The supporters today blamed the state government and said that the government is not giving its nod for a CBI inquiry as it will expose their failure and the terror that they are perpetrating on our folks. The supporters said they will intensify their agitation in future if their demand for a CBI inquiry is not met.

GJMENS, Kolkata, Feb 19:The Kolkata unit of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) staged a dharna in front of the Victoria house in central Kolkata today, demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident of three GJM supporters being killed in police firing at Sibchu in Jalpaiguri.
Senior leaders of the GJM central committee were, meanwhile, present in Delhi today. GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said: “We have our representatives in Kolkata. We are in Delhi today for speaking with the senior officials of home department on the issue.”
Meanwhile, in Jalpaiguri, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said: “The GJM is responsible for creating anarchy in Hills. Discussion is the only way to resolve the issue. But the GJM is trying to create problem both in the Hills and in the Dooars area. We will not tolerate this anarchy. Everyday, they are creating problems in the Hills.”
Buddhadeb’s Malbazar trip a failure?
A gift from CM: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb 
Bhattacharjee distributing bicycles to girls in Jalpaiguri 


Manas Ranjan Banerjee, SNS, MALBAZAR, 19 FEB: Chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s much-hyped Malbazar trip seems to have failed either to galvanise the administration grappling with the statehood unrest or to enthuse the common people striving against administrative lassitude regarding development.
However, it was not, strictly speaking, a political visit. He came here to distribute bicycles among the girl students whose parents are working in the tea plantations spread over three districts-Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar. More than 14,000 girls received bicycles form Mr Bhattacharjee today. 
Addressing the gathering, he said that he could not have distributed bicycles among the girls of the Darjeeling Hills in spite of himself. “I would have been much happier had I been able to do it. But the dragging unrest has come in the way.
“The situation must change so that we can all join hands in the Hill’s uplift,” he said. The chief minister asked the Adivasi people to exercise restraint.
A 12-member ABAVP delegation called on Mr Bhattacharjee today and demanded bringing the Dooars under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
“We have tried to impress him to do something positive for the long-neglected region with Adivasi concentration,” said a senior ABAVP leader, Mr John Barla.
Meanwhile, a group of the Trinamul Congress activists waved black flags at the chief minister at New Mal when Mr Bhattacharjee's cavalcade was approaching the Malbazar block development office where the bicycle distribution programme was organised. Police whisked the agitators away. 

KalimNews: Speaking about the Gorkhaland demand Buddhadev Bhattacharya asked that how long will GJM create tension in the hills and shout slogans? Who are the sufferers? Will it bring any result? He said on every petty matter there is bundh in hills, due to bandh ordinary people are suffering and a great economic loss is being borne by the businessman and hoteliers. He further said that only at table problems can be resolved.
He said that Adivasi people met with me I will meet them again Kolkata for their grievances.
Bhattacharya had a half an hour meeting with representatives of ABAVP. The turn out of the meeting was very poor and the VIP chairs were almost vacant.
PTI, Mal Bazar:In a fresh effort to resolve the Darjeeling crisis through dialogue, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today asked the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to call off their agitation in the hills.
Rejecting the demand for a separate 'Gorkhaland', the chief minister said the problem had to be resolved through talks.
"Let the Morcha call off the agitation and stop creating trouble in the hills," he said at a public function in Jalpaiguri district.
The GJM had launched an indefinite bandh in Darjeeling Hills on February 9 to protest the police firing at Sipchu in Jalpaiguri but lifted it for four days from today.
"They (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) are trying to foment trouble in Dooars. The state government will never allow it. I advise Adivasi Vikas Parishad to maintain calm. How long will the Morcha create trouble?", Bhattacharjee asked.
The Adivasi Vikash Parishad, which was against inclusion of Dooars and Terai in the proposed new state, submitted a memorandum to the chief minister demanding that Dooars and Terai be included in the 6th Schedule of the Constitution, which provides for administration of tribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Mizoram.
Bhattacharjee said he will invite the Parishad leaders for talks after returning to Kolkata.
The chief minister wondered what they meant by the term "separate state" saying, "Bengalis, Nepalis, Biharis and Adivasis will have to live together. Otherwise it will cause harm to all. The state government will never allow any one of them to create trouble."
Concerned over the situation in Darjeeling Hills arising out of the GJM bandh, he said, "They are calling frequent bandhs. People cannot work. After two days, they will not get food and will have to starve." 

Buddha slams GJM for 'anarchy'
IANS,Kolkata, February 19: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday implicitly attacked the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) for “creating anarchy and violence” in Darjeeling hills and reiterated that discussions are the only way to solve the problem. “They (GJM) are trying to create problem both in the hill.
ls and in the Dooars area. We will not tolerate this anarchy. Everyday, they are creating problems in the hills,” said Bhattacharjee, while addressing a gathering in Malbazar area of Jalpaiguri district.
Darjeeling, in the last few months, has witnessed a series of incidents of protest and violence as the leadership of GJM has been constantly pressurising the central and the state government to accept its demand of Gorkhaland.
“Discussions are the only way to solve the problem. If everyday there is a demand to divide West Bengal, we cannot accept it. We will never allow division of Bengal.

“For so many years we have all stayed together in harmony. Today and in the future also we will stay together with harmony,” added Bhattacharjee.
Unrest in the hills will be contained: Buddhadeb
TH, KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday said that the unrest in the Darjeeling hills will not be allowed to spread to the plains, adding that the tradition of peaceful co-existence of people of all communities and provinces in the Siliguri and Jalpaiguri towns of North Bengal will be preserved.
Mr. Bhattacharjee was speaking at a function in Malbazar, close to Sibchu village in the Dooars, where three persons were killed on February 8 when police had to fire to quell a mob of supporters of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) when they tried to enter the Dooars in violation of prohibitory orders.
“We are unable to do anything for the hills; today I distributed bicycles to the girls of tea garden workers in this region so that they can reach their schools, which are often far-flung,” the Chief Minister said, regretting that he could not hold a similar function in Darjeeling as the situation was not conducive there. “It would have made us all so happy if the girls in the hills too could be given these bicycles.”
The Malbazar function was organised by the North Bengal Development Council.
Easing the burden
As part of a government programme to distribute 14,329 bicycles to teenaged girls among tea garden workers, the Chief Minister distributed a token 18 bicycles. Altogether, 12,330 cycles are to be given to girls in 147 tea estates. Bicycles will also be distributed in estates in Siliguri, Cooch Behar and Darjeeling. In these regions, with girl children often going to schools that are nearly 8 km away, the bicycles are expected to ease the burden.
“Though over 99 per cent children enrol in schools in West Bengal, there are dropouts. The government is trying to address this issue in many ways,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said, adding that his government is keen to help spread higher education among girls. “Nearly five lakh girls are taking their secondary examinations this year, comprising 50 per cent of the total batch — we want this to increase.”
He said the government was taking several measures to help needy students, especially those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes and the minority communities. “The State government runs scholarships. I try to help from my relief fund as we believe that the society will gain with spread of education,” he said.

Marchers arrested
KalimNews: Police arrested about a thousand GJM Marchers in different areas of Jalpaigri Dooars, GJM supporters, Madarihat, Birpara, Jaigaon, Kalchini and Dalsingpara were on their march when police stopped them. Marchers of different places were stopped by police at different places viz supporters of Jaigaon at Dalsingpara, supporters of Dalsingpara at Station line, supporters of Birpara at Lankapara Road, supporters of Madarihat at Panchyat Office and supporters of Kalchini at Kalchini Bazar. As earlier GJM supporters staged sit in demonstration on the spot where they were stopped. In the evening they were arrested and released on personal remand bond.
GJM sources said that March to Khumani from Dooars will continue till 27th and inspite of police blockade we will not get discouraged.

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