Gurung aide arrested, normal life hit in Darjeeling - The New Indian Express

Gurung aide arrested, normal life hit in Darjeeling

Published: 06th August 2013 03:50 PM

Last Updated: 06th August 2013 03:54 PM

Senior GJM member Anit Thapa, who is also a close aide of party president Bimal Gurung, was arrested on various charges from Kurseong even as life continued to be disrupted in Darjeeling Hills for the fourth day due to the indefinite bandh called by GJM.

The arrest on Monday is being seen as the state government's move to put pressure on GJM, which is demanding a separate Gorkhaland in the aftermath of the announcement on Telangana.

Thapa was detained last evening, hours after Gurung said in Kalimpong that there would be no negotiation on the Gorkhaland demand and GJM would not hold talks with the state government on it, but only with the Centre.

Thapa was detained after an exchange of hot words with the patrolling police and CRPF personnel in Kurseong. He was taken to the police station and arrested in connection with old cases against him, police said.

As the news of his arrest spread, GJM supporters and workers gathered outside Kurseong station and shouted slogans.

A total 51 GJM workers have been arrested since the launch of the indefinite bandh by it on Saturday.

Meanwhile, life continued to be paralysed in Darjeeling Hills for the fourth day due to the indefinite bandh called by GJM.

West Bengal Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee has reached Siliguri and is scheduled to hold talks with top district officials on the overall situation there.

GJM workers congregated outside the district magistrate's office and shouted slogans this morning. The party workers also picketed at the other hill towns of Mirik, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Sukhiapokhri and shouted slogans demanding a separate Gorkhaland.

Shops, markets, educational institutions and private offices remained closed and no vehicle was seen on the roads.

Government offices remained open as per orders but there was no attendance.

Patrolling is on by CRPF, IRB and Striking Force personnel besides the district police.

Later Thapa was produced before a Kurseong court which remanded him to 14 days in judicial custody.

Thapa was slapped with non-bailable charges in connection with old cases against him, including an attempt to murder.

In another incident 16 women GLT (Gorkhaland personnel) members were arrested from Gorubathan area of Darjeeling.

They were sent to Siliguri as part of government decision.

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