Former GNLF leader house ransacked, finger at Morcha
Wednesday, 17 April 20130
Darjeeling April : The hill town today saw developments that could be seen in the hey days of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) when it was just formed. A house of a former DGHC councillor Bhanu Lama, affiliated to the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) at Dr. Zakir Hussain Road was ransacked allegedly by GJM supporters at 12:30 this afternoon sending clear signal to the state and the union government that time has not come for withdrawl of the para-military forces in the hills.
Lama has lodged a complain with the Darjeeling police station naming Tilak Chettri, a GJM municipality councillor and three other GJM supporters. Lama has alleged that before his house was ransacked a gang of 12 Morcha supporters led by Tilak Chettri was hovering around his house.
“Before I received information that my house was ransacked I had seen Tilak and others hovering in the area. A group of 30 men and women led by Tilak broked into my house,” said Lama. Lama claimed that he is currently not affiliated to any of the political parties.
He also alleged that his house was being used by the Morcha for their various political programmes. “Ever since I returned back from Siliguri to stay in this house I had been receiving threats from the party several times. This is not the first time that my house has been broked. During 44 months Morcha led agitation for Gorkhaland, my house in Peshoke was also broked and vandalized,” he added.
While Lama had been to Siliguri, he had appointed a watchman to guard his house. “But the watchman was also threatened by the GJM and he left the job,” said Lama.
Lama in his complain has also stated that after he returned to this house, the Nari Morcha (Women’s wing of the GJM) had also questioned the legality of lama residing in the house.
Police however has arrested none so far but said that it will arrest the culprits soon. The GJM denied having hand behind the attack on Lama’s house.