Gurung puts Darjeeling on edge
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) head Bimal Gurung arrived in Darjeeling on Tuesday, further vitiating the atmosphere of tension created by the murder of rival leader Madan Tamang.
Tamang, president of the All-India Gorkha League (AIGL), was slain on May 21.
West Bengal DGP Bhupinder Singh had said: “GJM activists were behind the murder.”
Bharati Tamang, wife of Madan Tamang, took over as president of the AIGL on Tuesday.
Gurung said the GJM would not agree to a CID probe into Tamang’s murder. But he was ready for a CBI investigation.
“The CID is a state agency and it’s a sinister design by the state government to tag us in this case and derail the movement (for Gorkhaland). If a single GJM leader is arrested, the hills will burn,” he warned.
Gurung came to Darjeeling on Tuesday for the first time after Tamang’s murder. For the past three days, AIGL supporters have been pulling down Gurung’s placards and the GJM’s hoardings.
Gurung violated prohibitory orders and arrived in Darjeeling town with a convoy of more than 150 vehicles.
He addressed a brief public meeting and announced that he would hold a rally on May 30 in the town.
“Buddhababu (Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) and Ashokbabu (Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharjee) think we don’t have a public mandate. We will show them (what we are) on May 30; we’ll gather more than 400,000 people,” Gurung said.
Gurung stressed he would impose a rigorous bandh (shutdown) from June 12. “I will show people what a bandh is.”