NBS Times Report
Siliguri March 7: The state government that sent one platoon of Rapid Action Force and two platoons of Indian reserve Force to the hills this evening has decided to step up the toes to deal any bloodshed in the hills strictly. The government’s decision is also triggered after one of the Trinamool hill leaders was stabbed yesterday in Kalimpong.
“We will take stern actions against any bloodshed in the hills now and the state government will no more remain mere spectators from now on. Those who attacked our leaders in Kalimpong will not be left and brought to the good books of law,” Gautam Deb, the North Bengal Development Minister told journalists in a direct attack to the GJM.
Deb added that the state government will co-operate fully with the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) to development the hills and will leave no stone unthrown to over due any development.
Trinamool leader Chewang Bhutia was stabbed allegedly by Morcha supporters at a local hotel in Kalimpong yesterday. Bhutia was rushed to Siliguri yesterday evening and is said to be in a serious condition.
Asked about sending paramilitary forces in the hills Deb said, “The state government will decide on it in due course of time”.
On the other side, former urban development Minister and a senior CPM leader Ashoke Bhattarcharya said sending paramilitary forces in the hills will not solve the hills issue which is completely different from the Jungal Mahal. “The hill issue has sentiments of the people and should be dealt cautiously. The GTA should be given to work freely while the state government should not interfere in the GTA matters. Former chief minister had understood the dynamics of the hill issue and never opted for sending paramilitary forces in the hills,” he said.
Bhattacharya informed a parliamentary committee headed by the CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has recommended a constitutional garuntee to the GTA along with more powers.