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Darjeeling Hills face yet another shutdown

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Darjeeling, October 02, 2013
First Published: 10:16 IST(2/10/2013) | Last Updated: 10:18 IST(2/10/2013)

The newly constituted coordination panel of the All Transport Joint Action Committee (ATJAC), affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, has called a 12-hour transport strike on October 3 demanding the release of two of their officebearers.

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“We demand the immediate release of Norbu Lama and Promod Srimal who were arrested for no fault of theirs. We have called a 12-hour transport strike on October 3. Except for emergency services, no vehicles, including two wheelers, will be allowed to ply. We will not even allow school buses, water tankers and milk vans to hit the roads,” said Manoj Chettri, secretary of ATJAC.

Incidentally, ATJAC secretary Srimal was arrested on September 2 on charges of blocking the National Highway 55. The organisation’s president, Norbu Lama, was arrested on September 28 in connection to arson and rioting in Darjeeling town.

Both are in judicial custody.

The coordination committee was formed by the ATJAC in Darjeeling on Tuesday. It comprises 53 transport syndicates of the Hills.

In another political development, the Trinamool Congress will be holding a public meeting at Bijanbari, 35km from Darjeeling, on Wednesday.

“Nor th Beng al development minister and TMC leader Goutam Deb will be addressing the meeting,” said TMC leader NB Khawas.

Meanwhile, Brij Mohan Garg, the president of Darjeeling Chamber of Commerce, was granted interim bail by the chief judicial magistrate court of Darjeeling on Tuesday.

“He was granted bail on health grounds. While in judicial custody, he was undergoing treatment at the Darjeeling Sadar Hospital,” said Pankaj Prasad, assistant public prosecutor, Darjeeling. Garg was arrested on August 10 in connection with the torching of Tukdah forest bungalow case on August 2.

“We have initiated the legal proceedings for the release of Binay Tamang and others,” said Dinesh Rai of the GJM’s legal cell.

Tamang, who has been elected the new chief executive of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration is presently under Judicial Custody at the Jalpaiguri Correctional Home.

He has been charged in 11 cases, including four cases in Jalpaiguri, three in Kalimpong, two cases in Kurseong and Darjeeling each.


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