GJM chief Bimal Gurung not arrested, earlier report false

Bimal Gurung

A state-government bus in flames after it was torched by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters in Darjeeling on Thursday

The GJM, spearheading the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland, adopted a confrontationist stand today with its chief Bimal Gurung threatening to intensify the stir and demanding a CBI inquiry into the alleged police firing in the hills on June 17.

Giri had stated on Thursday, "We have chose to resign from the GTA".

The GJM has been ruling GTA since 2012 and its five-year term is set to expire this year.

A tripartite agreement paving the way for the setting up of the GTA, an elected body for the Darjeeling hills, was signed in 2011. However, the police confirmed only one death.

A report from Bijonbari said that suspected Gorkha supporters set ablaze a auto of TMC leader Ramesh Kadaria llast night.Police raided the houses of 11 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders last night but none of them was arrested. There will be no fresh GTA election here.

After Indian Independence, the ceded territories continued to be a part of present-day India; the Nepali-speaking majority in Darjeeling and adjoining areas, also called Gorkhas, became a part of West Bengal - a state of Bengali speakers.

A case of murder, arson, assault on police personnel and conspiracy to incite violence on June 17 has been filed against Gurung and his wife Asha.

On the other hands, Parents were seen waiting in Siliguri for their kids to return back from Hills.

The GJM chief, who had been in hiding since a police raid at his residence in Darjeeling's Patlebas locality on June 15, re-surfaced on Friday and asserted that the shutdown in the hills would continue indefinitely.

The Sikkim government has extended its support to the Gorkhaland movement, with its chief minister, Pawan Chamling, requesting the Centre to grant the separate statehood demand.

He also said that creation of a Gorkhaland state will restore permanent peace and prosperity in the region and Sikkim will be hugely benefited by it.

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