Fire in Darjeeling reaches plains with warning of stronger agitation from 9th August
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 30-Jul-2017

Siliguri, July 30: The battle for Gorkhaland which was limited to Hill has now started setting the fire in the plain area also. According to latest local reports, the hill area in Bengal was experiencing a better condition. But the relief was temporary Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM) leaders proved that on Saturday. GJM supporters held a protest march in Sukna, which is very close to the plain, Siliguri. This is very alarming as after the starting of indefinite shut down such a flare-up has unfolded in the plains.

 

On Saturday from 11 am, Morcha started its march. Starting from the Sukna point, when it started to move closer towards Siliguri, the state Police started obstructing them. According to local media reports, Morcha allegedly attacked security personnel by pelting stones. Even in afternoon, the agitators hurled Petrol bomb. On the other hand, Morcha supporters claimed of police firing though the police claimed of retaliating with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Morcha has warned of more intense agitation in the plane area if a meeting does not take place by 8th August. "So far, eight people have been killed and 41 injured in police firing but the Centre is silent. If they don't make any move by 6 pm on August 8, we will intensify our agitation from August 9. Also, the Darjeeling MP should intervene on this issue," a Morcha leader said. Even it warned of picketing by Gorkha Nari Morcha Samiti.

Since state and center have not uttered a single word on the demand of the different state, now Morcha wants to reach Calcutta and Delhi by creating more ruckus. "We got to know that they planned to walk up to Darjeeling More, the junction of NH-55 and NH-31, located at the northern end of Siliguri," said a police officer. Police have also started inspection in the plain area.

"We will enforce the strike more strictly. Even two-wheelers will not be allowed to ply. If party leaders need to travel in vehicles, they should carry authorization issued by the central committee member of the area concerned," later the Morcha leader warned.