GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: Purge and march to revive spirit – Morcha chief removes Tamang murder suspect from post of town committee convener

GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: Purge and march to revive spirit – Morcha chief removes Tamang murder suspect from post of town committee convener – no comments worthy of criticism to save Bengal from itself ?!!

GJM President Bimal Gurung speaking to the Press on Thursday - upsets happen and counter moves have to be made 'instantly and constantly' to counter Bengal's sad politics and media ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH BUREAU

June 10: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today disbanded its Darjeeling town committee and removed its convener Dinesh Gurung as part of efforts to confront the growing resistance from rival outfits trying to emerge from the shadow of fear.

The Morcha also announced weekly torch rallies from June 17 and directed its Darjeeling leadership to hold ward-level meetings regularly so as not to lose touch with the people.

Chief Bimal Gurung hopes that these measures will help stem the backlash against the party in the wake of the murder of ABGL leader Madan Tamang last month. The CID probing the murder had found out that 60 persons were engaged to carry out the assassination on May 21 and had narrowed down to two the number of suspects who might have delivered the killer blow.

One of the two suspects is Dinesh, who is absconding. The other is Naresh Thang. The Morcha announcement comes a day after state top cop Bhupinder Singh said most of those involved in Tamang’s murder has been identified.

“We have formed an ad hoc town committee comprising 107 members for two months and the number will go up to 130 to 140,” Gurung said on the sidelines of a meeting held at Darjeeling Gymkhana Club today.

He said Dinesh had been removed, as he was “unwell” after a recent surgery. However, Morcha sources said the actual reason for dropping Dinesh was Gurung’s desire to distance the town committee from the murder.  (*?!!)

Tamang was one of the few opposition voices that challenged the Morcha writ in the hills and occasionally reminded Gurung that he had failed to deliver Gorkhaland. After Tamang’s murder, the needle of suspicion was pointed at the Morcha and during his funeral, people shouted slogans like “Bimal Gurung quit Darjeeling”. Morcha flags were brought down and posters ripped apart, something unheard of before in the hills.

“In the aftermath of the backlash against the Morcha, Bimal Gurung wants to distance the party as much as possible from the killing,” a Morcha source said.

Gurung has asked party members to instil confidence in the people because it appeared that the deployment of the CRPF in Darjeeling after Tamang’s killing had sapped them of it.

The “CRPF factor” is making people replace Morcha flag with the flags of countries participating in the World Cup soccer tournament.

“People fear the paramilitary forces will conduct raids on their houses if they spot Morcha flags. I see everyone is busy putting up flags of Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France but these flags will not get a separate state,” a source quoted Gurung as saying at the meeting.

“People used to say that they were ready to lay down their lives for Gorkhaland but I see that they have forgotten their slogans on seeing the paramilitary forces,” said Gurung.

In fact, with the police conducting frequent raids on the houses of Morcha activists following Tamang’s murder, many local leaders are not seen in town these days.

“Police are trying to arrest anyone they feel like. But innocent people must not be harassed by the police,” Gurung said

Asked about the fate of the tripartite talks, Gurung told journalists: “We want the situation to calm down at the moment and the meeting will take place when things become normal.”

Although sources in the Union home ministry said the meeting would be held in July, the Centre-appointed interlocutor for the talks, Lt Gen. (retd) Vijay Madan, said he had no idea of the timing of the next round. “So far, there is no information with me about the next round of talks at the political level,” he said.

Asok Bhattacharya, the Bengal minister for municipal affairs, who along with health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra has been representing the state in the talks, also said the date for the next round had not been decided yet.

Governor meets PC

Bengal governor M.K. Naryanan today met home minister P. Chidambaram in the capital to brief him on developments in the Darjeeling hills, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

Although tipped as routine, the meeting with Chidambaram is significant as the home ministry is peeved with the interaction of the governor with the hill parties, sources said.

During his stay in Darjeeling last month, Naryanan had also met slain ABGL leader Madan Tamang, three days before his murder.

AND FROM THE TELEGRAPH BENGAL PAGES

Morcha drops hack suspect – so now clear for arrest and just incarceration, journalism with no political agenda, honestly ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH BUREAU

June 10: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today disbanded its Darjeeling town committee and removed its convener Dinesh Gurung as part of efforts to confront the growing resistance from rival outfits trying to emerge from the shadow of fear.

The Morcha also announced weekly torch rallies from June 17 and directed its Darjeeling leadership to hold ward-level meetings regularly so as not to lose touch with the people.

Morcha chief Bimal Gurung hopes that these measures will help stem the backlash against the party in the wake of the murder of ABGL leader Madan Tamang last month. The Morcha has been accused of masterminding the murder.

The CID, which is probing the murder, has found that 60 people were involved in the May 21 assassination. However, the agency has identified two, including Dinesh, for having delivered the killer blow. Both Dinesh and Naresh Thang are at large.

The Morcha announcement came a day after director-general of police Bhupinder Singh said most of those involved in Tamang’s murder had been identified.

Gurung today said an ad hoc committee had been formed to replace the Darjeeling town committee.

He said Dinesh had been removed because he was “unwell”. However, Morcha sources said the actual reason for dropping Dinesh was Gurung’s desire to distance the town committee from Tamang’s murder.

FURTHERMORE

Our Himal News Special News Correspondent from Darjeeling adds:

Darjeeling, June 10, 2010: Contrary to the Telegraph’s ‘yet to be fair and factual’ reports, The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) central committee has replaced Dinesh Gurung for two months with a 107 member adhoc committee for Darjeeling town.

This was done primarily because of Dinesh Gurung’s deteriorating health condition due to his recent kidney transplant in January this year, sources inside the GJM have revealed.

Dinesh Gurung has been named, in media reports by the Bengal CID team, as one of the main “masterminds” behind the brutal assassination of Gorkha ABGL Leader, Madan Tamang.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that GJM President Bimal Gurung is reported to have said that GJM is currently waiting to hear from the Adivasis to their formal invitation to the “Joint Statehood Cause” in reply to the  letters sent earlier till the 15th of June, 2010.

From the 17th of June, 2010 – GJM plans to launch ‘Masal Julus’ (Burning Torch Rallies) as well as street corner meetings.

Bimal Gurung also met all the Lawyers in Darjeeling for the Darjeeling Bar issue, reports our Special News Correspondent from Darjeeling.

MEANWHILE

GJM withdraws bandh call

FROM THE HINDU
Special Correspondent

KOLKATA, Friday, Jun 11, 2010: The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has withdrawn its call for a 10-day bandh in the Darjeeling Hills from Saturday.

It, however, has decided to take out torchlight processions and organise street-corner meetings in the hills and in parts of the Terai and the Dooars of north Bengal on June 17, and on a given day every subsequent week in support of its demand for a ‘Gorkha Adivasi Pradesh.’

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said this to TheHindu over telephone from Darjeeling on Thursday.

The GJM’s programmes would also condemn efforts to link it with the murder in Darjeeling on May 21 of Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL) president Madan Tamang, one of its most vociferous opponents.

A GJM team, led by its president Bimal Gurung, met Governor M.K. Narayanan in Darjeeling a few days after the killing. “Our decision to withdraw the bandh call comes after the meeting,” Mr. Giri said.

The GJM has demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder. An FIR filed by ABGL general secretary Laxman Pradhan mentioned the names of six persons as having been involved in the killing and seven senior GJM leaders as having been part of the conspiracy.

GJM to hold protests from June 17

FROM YAHOO NEWS

Darjeeling (WB), Jun 10 (PTI): The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha will hold protests from June 17 in Darjeeling against the police for slapping cases on its leaders for their alleged role in the murder of Gorkha leader Madan Tamang on May 21.

“Our leaders have been implicated by police. We will take out protest marches and torchlight rallies from June 17,” GJM president Bimal Gurung told a gathering here today.

Gurung also said a letter has been written to the Adivasi Vikash Parishad, informing it about the change of nomenclature of the proposed state the GJM were fighting for, from Gorkhaland to Gorkha-Adivasi Pradesh, to which a reply was awaited.

Earlier, the Parishad had rejected GJM”s proposal for renaming the proposed state.

Parishad leaders bury hill hatchet – just as Bengal wants it, not too premature to make judgements, can one suppose ?!!

Parishad leaders at the meeting in Banarhat on Wednesday - have replied formally in writing as did the GJM in sending the "New Statehood Proposal" ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, June 10: The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad has unanimously decided not to back the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s agitation for Gorkha Adivasi Pradesh and to continue with the movement to achieve Sixth Schedule status for the Dooars and the Terai.

Overriding the state leadership’s decision, some office-bearers of the Parishad’s Dooars and Terai committee had openly backed the Morcha’s proposal to include the Adivasi-dominated areas in the state the hill outfit wants. Even yesterday, the differences between the state and the regional leaders were palpable at a public meeting called by the Parishad at Banarhat, 75km from here. However, after the meeting, all the leaders went into a huddle and decided to bury the hatchet.

Report on GJM Dooars President Samuel Gurung's explanation that the Adivasi Leaders were studying and working towards a consensus within for the "Statehood Cause" - better to wait than jump to wrong conclusions ?!!

“It is true that some regional leaders had wanted to support Gorkha Adivasi Pradesh. But after yesterday’s discussions, there has been a consensus that we will not support the Morcha movement. The Parishad will continue with its agitation for Sixth Schedule status for the Dooars and the Terai,” said Birsa Tirkey, the state president of the party.

Asked whether the regional leaders had swallowed their words, an office-bearer of the Dooars-Terai regional unit said: “We consented to the state committee’s decision to have no truck with the Morcha. Whatever the party president has said is our opinion.”

Morcha leaders, after facing stiff opposition from the tribal people over the inclusion of the Dooars and the Terai in Gorkhaland, had renamed the state as Gorkha Adivasi Pradesh and had approached the Parishad for support. The Morcha’s move created confusion in the Parishad, forcing state leaders like Tirkey to rush to north Bengal and thrash out the differences.

Harka Bahadur Chhetri, the media and publicity secretary of the Morcha, said the matter would be discussed at his party’s central committee meeting. “We are yet to get the details of the Parishad’s decision. If the tribals in the plains refuse to stand by us, we have to discuss the matter at our central committee.”

MEANWHILE

Teachers’ finger at government – going back on their word is ‘but natural’ for Bengal, so the agitation resumes, and so, who’s responsible for such a state of affairs but Bengal ?!!

Gorkha Teachers protest - just before Madhyamic Exams Bengal give written assurances but reneged on its promises: reason to trust Bengal more ?!!

BY RAJEEV RAVIDAS

Kalimpong, June 10: The Janmukti Secondary Teachers’ Organisation has accused the state education department of going back on its assurance that a temporary recruitment board would be set up to regularise the services of 478 ad hoc teachers and 78 non-teaching staff in government-aided schools in the hills.

The JSTO, an affiliate of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, alleged that the minutes of its last meeting with the officials of the education department in Calcutta on May 5 deviated from the actual decisions taken at an earlier meeting.

“The minutes talk about setting up regional school service (ad hoc) for the purpose of job regularisation even though what had been agreed on was the formation of a five-member temporary recruitment board,” said Bhisan Roka, the JSTO spokesperson.

The JSTO feels that the regional school service for the hills will focus more on recruitment than the regularisation of the ad hoc teachers.

“The temporary board should be formed for the sole purpose of regularising the services of the ad hoc teachers and non-teaching staff at government-aided schools. Once that was achieved, we had said, we were open to negotiations to constitute the regional school service for the hills,” he added.

Roka also said the department had issued advertisements for applications to fill up vacant posts at the Saradeshwari Government High School in Darjeeling, while the ad hoc teachers were yet to be made permanent.

“The concerns of the ad hoc teachers at the government-owned schools must be safeguarded before any new recruitment is made,” he added.

FINALLY

‘Post Tamang murder, police lost chance to rein in Gorkhas’the deepest CPM unjust wish remains unfulfilled, onus of blame points at their ‘own’ failed attempt ?!!

Asok Bhattacharya was actually hoping for a return to 27th July 1987 massacre and curfew in Kalimpong after the CRPF firing there that killed countless number of innocent people - exposing the CPM policies ?!! (Himal News Archives)

From Indian Express

Kolkata, Fri Jun 11 2010, 02:02 hrs: Minister for Urban Development Ashok Bhattacharya on Thursday said the state police squandered away a golden opportunity in Darjeeling to rein in Gorkha Janmukti Morcha after the killing of All India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang on May 21.

“After the brutal killing of Tamang, there was a surge of anti-Morcha wave in the Hills. It was time to re-establish the rule of law and bring back normalcy. But unfortunately the police could not use the opportunity,” said Bhattacharya.

Meanwhile, Morcha leaders met some leading lawyers to discuss the legal defence of the three people, arrested by the CID in connection with Tamang’s murder.

“We will provide them all legal support. We will also hit the streets if the CID arrests any more person,” Morcha president Bimal Gurung said.

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