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GJM may appeal to SC against high court order

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Darjeeling, August 16, 2013
First Published: 12:14 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 12:18 IST(16/8/2013)

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) found itself cornered with the state government cracking down on the ongoing bandh and the Calcutta High Court declaring the public curfew illegal and asking the hill party to abstain from disruptive politics.

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The GJM is exploring possibilities of going to the Supreme Court against the order.

An indefinite bandh has been on in the Hills since August 3.

“The public curfew is the outrage of the people against the heavy deployment of forces to crush the voice of Gorkhaland. It is spontaneous and not clamped by the GJM. We have not got copies of the court order yet. After we obtain it our legal cell will decide on our future course of action. We will file affidavits in the high court as ordered. We are exploring possibilities of going to the Supreme Court,” said GJM general secretary Roshan Giri.

When questioned on the Court’s order to pay compensation for damaging public property, Giri said the GJM had nothing to do with cases of arson that had taken place on August 3 and 4.

The cases of arson include the torching of Forest Guest House at Tukdah, 25 km from Darjeeling, police outpost in Pokhriabong, 30km from Darjeeling, forest bungalow in Rimbick, 50km from Darjeeling and panchayat office at Majua, 42 km from Darjeeling.

When questioned as to what form of agitation the GJM would henceforth adopt with the high court order in place, Giri said, “The future course of action will be decided in the all-party meeting on August 16. It will be decided by a consensus. However, the peaceful and democratic agitation will continue,” added Giri.

Eight pro-Gorkhaland outfits have joined hands with the GJM to carry forward a united movement.

Political observers feel that the joint movement for Gorkhaland could be Delhi centric with dharnas.


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