GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE: GJM relaxes indefinite hill bandh for two days

GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE: GJM relaxes indefinite hill bandh for two days – assurance on truth of the Bengal stand, that Nicole is still alive ?!!

Special security at Darjeeling District Court - preparing for Nicole Tamang's presentation back into Judicial Custody after CID custody ?!! (DT)

FROM THE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA STAFF WRITER

Darjeeling, Aug 24, 2010, 17:32 HRS IST (PTI): The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today relaxed its indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills for two days from tomorrow following an assurance from the administration that prime accused in the Madan Tamang murder case Nicol Tamang, who escaped from CID custody on Sunday, would be produced in a court during the period.

The decision to relax the indefinite bandh for two days came after SP Devendra Pratap Singh assured that Nicol would be produced in a court within two days, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told reporters here.

GJM had called an indefinite bandh in the hills on Sunday itself alleging foul play in the disappearance of Nicol and demanded his production.

A close associate of GJM chief Bimal Gurung, Nicol is the prime accused in the murder of the All India Gorkha League president on May 21 and was arrested on August 16.

2-day bandh break after cop boss balm – no foul play, only incompetent CID bungling ?!!

The family members of Nicole Tamang - concerned and shocked at Bengal's CID bungling ?!! (Rabin Rai / DT)

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Darjeeling, Aug. 24: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has announced a two-day relaxation in its indefinite strike from tomorrow after the Darjeeling police chief assured the party that there was no foul play in Nickole Tamang’s disappearance from custody.

Even though the Morcha said a decision on the continuation of the strike would be taken on Thursday evening, indications are that it might be withdrawn following the assurance.

Nickole, a central committee leader of the Morcha and a prime accused in the murder of ABGL leader Madan Tamang, had escaped from CID custody in Pintail Village on the outskirts of Siliguri on Sunday.

The Morcha had alleged that Nickole, suffering from high blood sugar and kidney problems, had probably died during interrogation and that the police were trying to hush up the incident by claiming that he had escaped from the camp. Bimal Gurung’s outfit had called an indefinite strike across the hills from Sunday, demanding that the police produce Nickole “in the flesh” within 12 hours.

Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri said: “We met the superintendent of police today and he has confidently assured us that there has been no foul play in the incident. We take his words as the truth and have now decided to relax the indefinite strike for two days starting from tomorrow. The police chief has also admitted that there was a security lapse.”

Although markets, offices and schools are set to reopen from tomorrow morning, the Morcha has not lifted its strike in the offices of the DGHC across the hills as part of its ongoing non-cooperation movement against the state.

The Morcha leadership has also written to Union home minister P. Chidambaram, minister of state for home Ajay Maken, BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

“We have also sent a fax to railway minister Mamata Banerjee and Union home secretary G.K. Pillai, apprising them of the disappearance of Nickole Tamang,” said Giri.

The superintendent of police of Darjeeling, D.P. Singh, admitted that the Morcha delegation had met him and that he had assured the leaders there was no foul play.

MEANWHILE

HISTORICAL TRIBUTE: Remembering Shahid Malla

Shahid Durga Malla's statue to be inaugurated today, Aug 25, 2010 at Hamiltongunj by BGP's guests Jaya Prada and Amar Singh - understanding the systematic peaceful political steps towards ultimate statehood ?!! (Darpan)

FROM GARHWAL POST
BY LP THAPA

Aug 23, 2010: “The sacrifice I am offering shall not go in vain. India will be free. I am confident. This is only a matter of time, Sharda! Don’t worry, crores of Hindustanis are with you.” These were the last words of Major Durga Malla to his young wife before he was sent to the gallows for defying the British in favour of his motherland, India. He was hanged on 25 August 1944. He was the first Gorkha soldier of the Indian National Army (INA) to sacrifice his life for the cause of the nation. His martyrdom day is now celebrated as ‘Balidan Diwas’ by the Gorkha community every year.

The equestrian figure of this legendary hero now stands proudly in the precincts of the Indian Parliament.

The eldest among four sons and three daughters, Durga was born on 1 July, 1913 at Khate Gaon, Doiwala, to Parvati Devi and Ganga Ram Malla, an army man.

Family paying respects to a 'hero for a cause' - India still to have empathy for its true heroes' causes but inwardly glad that they did to enjoy its fruits now ?!! (web)

Durga Malla was an extremely self-respecting, laborious, dedicated and honest person. “He was a good elder brother for all of us younger siblings,” says 84 year old Prem Singh Malla, the youngest brother of Durga, who resides, presently, in Ranjhawala.

Though he is hard of hearing and losing his memory, he recalled that his elder brother was a good footballer. “I remember, he used to study in the Gorkha Military Middle School (presently Gorkha Military Inter College) and play football passionately and wrote poetry in Nepali and Hindi.”

Since when he was a student of ninth standard, Durga was actively engaged in anti-British activites in his locality. He was greatly inspired by Gandhian freedom fighters of Dehradun like Thakur Chandan Singh, Kharag Bahadur Singh Bisht, Pandit Ishwaranand Gorkha and Amar Singh Thapa.

He was much influenced by Gandhi’s Dandi March in 1930. Due to his anti-British activities, his family was frequently subjected to interrogation by the British government.

To avoid being arrested by police, he moved to his uncle’s house in Dharamshala in present day Himachal Pradesh, and in 1931 joined the 2/1 Gorkha Rifles at the age of 18 years. He married Sharda Devi of Shyam Nagar, Dharamahala in 1941.

However, just three days after his marriage, he was called back to join his unit to go to war. In between, he was permitted 28 days leave. After completing his leave, Malla joined his unit which departed for Malaya (Now Malaysia). During the battle, a group of Indian soldiers lost their way in the jungle.

The eldest among four sons and three daughters, Durga was born on 1 July, 1913 at Khate Gaon, Doiwala, to Parvati Devi and Ganga Ram Malla, an army man.

When the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) was formed on 1 September 1942 by Ras Bihari Bose, Malla along with his friends was inducted into it. He was given the responsibility of mobilising volunteers for the INA from different Gorkha battalions. He was elevated to the rank of Major.

Later when the Provision Azad Hind Government was formed under the command of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and war declared against the Allied Forces on 25 Ocotber, 1943, Malla was deployed in the Intelligence Branch.

On 27 March 1944 when he was on a mission to collect information about enemy camps, he was captured by the enemy at Ukhrul in Manipur near Kohima. He was given the death sentence by the Trial Court at the Red Fort, New Delhi.

However, before the death sentence was finally executed, the authorities tried to coerce Major Durga Malla into confessing sedition. His 17 year old wife was brought to the prison cell but Malla did not succumb to the pressure. It was then that he uttered the famous last words to his wife. After 10 days, he was sent to the gallows at the age of 31 in the Central Jail.

Back home, Prem Malla recalls that after he did not meet his elder brother after Durga Malla joined the INA. “I don’t remember meeting him again after he left for Malaya. We were called to Delhi before his execution, but I could not meet him as, unfortunately, I reached there late,” he says remorsefully. He remembered that even his body was not handed over to his family. After his brother’s martyrdom, Prem Malla too left the Army.

Sharda died a couple of years ago in Himachal Pradesh.

To honour this great hero, the Indian Government established his Bronze statue in the Parliament House complex on 17 December 2004.

Tribute Paid

Amar Singh and Jaya Prada - making statements "for Gorkhaland" but against its systematic, peaceful, political achievement - naively not aware of Bengal's vehement opposition and the current Telengana quagmire ?!! (PTI)

The Gorkha community today paid tribute to Shaheed Durga Malla at the Doiwala Nagar Panchayat premises by celebrating his martyrdom day as ‘Balidan Diwas’ under the aegis of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh and Uttarakhand Rajya Nepali Bhasha Samiti. Men, women and children paid floral tribute to the statue of Shahid Malla.

The Samiti also forwarded a memorandum addressed to the President of India seeking release of a postal stamp of Shaheed Durga Malla, setting up of his statues and memorials at various prominent cities; inclusion of his life history in the school syllabus and development programme initiated in his name, and the Degree College in Doiwala named after him.

Present on the occasion were Rishikesh MLA Premchand Aggarwal, Patron of the Bhasha Samiti Babar Gurung, President Rajendra Gurung, General Secretary Shyam Rana, Gorkha Democratic Front President Surya Vikram Sahi, President of Gorkhali Sudhar Sabha NBS Bisht, Colonel BK Sharma (Retd), Suraj Rai and Bhupendra Adhikari.

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