Bimal Gurung has agreed to send his representatives to the 12th meeting with the West Bengal government. He issued the following statement after an uninformed raid in Namchi resort (Sikkim) when the Bengal police entered the neighbouring state and arrested close aides of Gurung on Saturday. During the raid a GJM activist Dawa Bhutia was shot dead by the West Bengal CID.
On 1st September a warrant was issued against the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung. There was a massive search operation launched in Darjeeling for Gurung since then. There has been allegations made of his involvement in various cases of violence in the hills, one of the recent being the bomb blast that took place outside the police station in Kalimpong. There were two casualty and one injured.
Gurung expelled Binay Tamang party convenor after he decided to suspend the bandh till 12th September, that is when there was suppose to be meeting scheduled with the state government. Gurung accused Tamang of indulging himself in anti party activities and violating party guidelines.
He said, “Our party members Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa cheated us and joined hands with the Bengal government. Both of them were removed from the party today. They are traitors. I have proof that how they along with few others conspired against us to derail the Gorkhaland movement,”.
Tamang reacted to this with heavy criticism against Bimal Gurung and secretary Roshan Giri, saying “I do not need to take lessons from them. I am a son of the soil and am fighting for the interests of my Gorkha brothers. I want to ask Gurung and Giri, if they are so concerned about fighting for Gorkhaland why did they send their families abroad so that they can be safe?”
Other than that arrest the municipality chairman of Kurseong Krishna Limbu has been arrested. Allegations have been made against him for his involvement in many cases of violence in the hills from the month of June and also cases on arson.
Mean while the indefinite strike continues in the hills. The protestors have not let the internal party crisis affect the on going demand for Gorkhaland. Protestors have continued distributing fliers, posters and picketing in many places in the hills. Rallies were organised in support of the indefinite bandh in Mirik, Darjeeling, Sonada and Kalimpong.