I supported BJP for 15 years but what did it do for my community? Modi had assured us and made a commitment, it has been six-seven years now but it is yet to be completed, he added.
The state government opposed the plea and told a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Navin Sinha that Giri was wanted in several cases and the apex court should not grant him any protection from arrest.
The state had accused its northern neighbour of giving shelter to the GJM supremo who is wanted in several cases including Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) (UAPA), murder, rioting and arson.
Rival Gorkha Janmukti Morcha factions led by party chief Bimal Gurung and chief coordinator Binay Tamang are fighting a bitter war of attrition to garner support of residents of the Darjeeling.
Shops and markets opened in the hills, defying the indefinite bandh sponsored by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for a separate Gorkhaland.
Upstart leader Binay Tamang agrees to temporary suspension of strike as GJM boss Bimal Gurung’s influence wanes due to absence from the public eye.
The state government has called for talks on August 29 in response to a letter form the GNLF requesting a dialogue to restore normalcy in the hills.
This is the first time that the GJM, spearheading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland, expressed its willingness to hold talks with the state government along with the Centre.
The indigenous knowledge orally passed down through generations has allowed the consumerism-struck residents of the two hill districts to fall back to their roots, since the indefinite shutdown began.
Activists of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the Gorkha National Liberation Front also clashed with the police at Sonada and Chawkbazar in Darjeeling.
The GJM had on Monday asked the central government to initiate a dialogue on the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland, saying the current agitation was not a mere law and order problem.
The Centre has sought a report from the Bengal government about the violence in Darjeeling and adjoining areas.
Some GJM activists were seen participating in the demonstration bare-chested and broke tube lights on their backs leading to injuries.
All the agitating Gorkha parties have fixed June 29 as the date of next all-party meeting and will burn the GTA accord on June 27 as a symbolic protest.
Security personnel in large numbers were deployed in the hill district of West Bengal after widespread clashes between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists and the police were witnessed yesterday.