GJM workers on hunger strike refuse medical aid
The indefinite hunger strike by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters to press for their six point demands entered its fifth day.india Updated: Feb 02, 2009 13:08 IST
The indefinite hunger strike by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters to press for their six point demands entered its fifth day on Monday with the condition of some of the workers turning critical.
GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told PTI over phone this morning that the condition of some of them was serious and that of two others critical.
"All of them, including the two, have refused medical aid offered by the state government as their morale is high. We are fighting for a right cause and our strikers are ready for the supreme sacrifice," he said.
Seventeen GJM supporters had begun the indefinite hunger strike at Garubathan in Kalimpong sub division on January 29, demanding safety and security to Gorkhas and adivasis in Dooars region of Jalpaiguri district.
Reopening of 13 closed tea gardens in Dooars and withdrawal of all legal charges against GJM supporters were also included in the charter of demands.
Kalimpong sub divisional officer A Tsering told reporters that agitators had repeatedly refused to take medical aid offered by the state government.
Inspector general of police (North Bengl) K L Tamta, however, said a magistrate and a medical team had been posted at the agitation site round the clock.