MLA sends letter to Home Minister saying peace prevails in hills
NBS Times Correspondent
Darjeeling/Kurseong Feb 27: The GJM’s call for a rigorous agitation got shattered today as the Calcutta High court ordered the outfit from reframing itself out from organizing public meetings in a bid not to disturb the ongoing ICSE and Madhyamik examinations. While the party late in the evening announced that the series of public meetings to be held every alternative day in March has been suspended but all the other programmes remains unchanged. The public meetings were supposed to be addressed by the womens wing of the party in all the three subdivisions.
“As directed by the high court we have decided to suspend the series of public meetings as we do not want to hamper the students. All the other programmes remain unchanged,” said Roshan Giri, the Morcha General Secretary.
The party however has called for a series of bandhs on March 14-15 and 20-21 which has not been called off. Giri reiterated that the government offices will remain shut from March 9 to 27. The GJM president Bimal Gurung is also expected to address a public meeting at Sukna.
“During the Bandhs the vehicles carrying students will be kept out of the purview of the strike,” added Giri.
The Morcha leadership ironically today sent a letter to the union home minister stating that the hills were peaceful and there is not requirement of paramilitary forces in the hills at the wake of the decision taken by both central and state governments to shift para-military forces in the hills from jungle-mahal.
In a letter written to the home minister Kurseong MLA Rohit Sharma said, “The three MLAs from the Darjeeling Hills along with the Chairman, Darjeeling Municipality recently met His Excellency the Governor of West Bengal in Kolkata recently to apprise him about the latest developments after the Chief Minister’s Visit to Darjeeling to inaugurate a chapter of North Bengal Festival. We are committed to the all round development of the hills through proper functioning of GTA without any direct interference from the state machinery on the transferred subjects. We expect the state machinery also to honour the Tripartite Agreement. As the public representative from Kurseong Assembly constituency, I would like to once again assert that there is complete peace and tranquility in the area and feel, that deployment of central paramilitary forces would be counterproductive”.