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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kalimpong people paid homage to martyr Bimala.. Senior police officers in Kalimpong

Kalimpong people paid homage to martyr Bimala
Dead body of Bimala Rai  taken to her native place Khani via Kalimpong.. 

KalimNews, Kalimpong, February, 10: General people and GJM supporters of Kalimpong paid homage to Bimala Rai. Bimala Rai of Khani was shot dead by Police during police firing at Shibsu on 8th February. While dead body of Bimala was taken via Mal Bazar some residents of Mal Bazar three stones to the convoy damaging two vehicles which were forced to return to Khumani. 
Condition of Nita Khawas injured in the Shibsu incident deteriorated and shifted from SD Hospital Kalimpong to a private nursing home in Siliguri. 
IG Ranvir Kumar, SP Devendra Prakash Singh and ASP, Amit P Jabalpi, Coochbehar visited Kalimpong and requested the people to maintain peace and harmony. Today four more injured patients were admitted in SD hospital .
Minority forum of Kalimpong will participate in relay hunger strike and Rail Roko in Dooars from 11 February to 27 February. 
Various citizens' organisations of Kalimpong Like HORAK, Cirizen's right Forum, HANDS, Save the Hills condemned the Shibsu firing and submitted memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Chief Minister and Governor through SP Darjeeling.
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha open for dialogue, but only to discuss Gorkhaland: Roshan Giri
PTI, Feb 10,  Kolkata: Responding to West Bengal chief minister's appeal to the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) for abjuring violence and sit for talks, a prominent leader of the outfit today said it was open for dialogue, but only if the agenda is demand for Gorkhaland.
"Gorkhaland is the common aspiration of people in the Darjeeling hills and therefore the talks should centre only around that demand," GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told Press Trust of India.
Asked if he was putting formation of an interim council for the hills on the back burner, Giri said, "Yes. People are on the streets to press for acceptance by the government of their demand for Gorkhaland. Gorkhaland is their aspiration."
"We are for a political solution through talks, but the talks should revolve around Gorkhaland only," he said.
Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had yesterday appealed to the GJM to sit for talks and condemned the violent methods it was adopting in the hills.
When efforts were on to evolve a political solution to the Darjeeling issue through tripartite meetings in Delhi, the GJM had gone for violent methods which were not at all acceptable, Bhattacharjee had said in a statement.
Giri dismissed Bhattacharjee's allegation of starting the violence, claiming they were only conducting the movement in a Gandhian way.
"No, we have not started the violence. We are not indulging in violence. We are conducting our movement in a Gandhian way. Ours is a peaceful movement. The ruling party is trying to create a violent atmosphere to suppress our movement," he said.
He reiterated the demand for a CBI inquiry into the death of GJM supporters.
Darjeeling Peaceful but shutdown disrupts life

IANS, Siliguri (West Bengal), Feb 10: The Darjeeling hills in West Bengal were peaceful Thursday but normal life was paralysed by the indefinite shutdown called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) to protest the death of two supporters in police firing two days ago.
"There are no reports of any untoward incident. The situation is peaceful and under control. The security forces are on high alert," Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) Randhir Kumar told IANS over phone.
Vehicular movement was almost nil and offices, shops and commercial establishments remained closed in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong – the three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling district. Darjeeling is 635 km by road from Kolkata.
Life was normal in the Dooars – at the Himalayan foothills in neighbouring Jalpaiguri district – where police firing had taken place Tuesday leading to the death of two GJM supporters, including a woman.
GJM, which is spearheading the movement for a separate Gorkhaland state in the hills, claims the death toll is three. GJM president Bimal Gurung has announced Rs.300,000 payment for the families of each of the ‘three victims’.
The hills have seen a fresh bout of unrest since Tuesday after police resorted to firing in the Dooars Tuesday following a clash with GJM supporters who tried to violate prohibitory orders there.
Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, GJM activists set ablaze several government bungalows and a checkpost and looted ammunition from a police outpost, police say.
GJM leader Harka Bahadur Chettri said his outfit’s central committee would meet in the evening to decide the course of the movement. "We will sit and discuss and decide the course of the movement. But I can assure you it will be democratic," Chettri told IANS over phone.
Terming the police firing and the subsequent violence as a "conspiracy" of the West Bengal government, he said: "They want to create a volatile situation so that the movement can be curbed in the name of containing law and order".
The Bimal Gurung-led GJM has been leading the renewed Gorkhaland agitation for over two years by sidelining the Gorkha National Liberation Front, which had been spearheading the movement since the 1980s.

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