Kalimpong, 06 Jul:

Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) has decided to continue the ongoing strike in Darjeeling Hills. The committee's first meeting was held at Pedong Saint George School girl’s hostel. The meeting started at around 12.30 p.m. and ended at 6 p.m.

GJMM central joint secretary, Binay Tamang informing about the meeting's outcome said GMCC today unanimously decided to continue the indefinite strike. Schools will remain closed.

He informed that three sub committees were formed today. The committee on Human Rights cell will be headed by Arun Ghatani of CPRM, Data and Research cell headed by R Moktan of GJMM and Legal cell which has four members Neeraj Zimba, DK Pradhan, Tilak Chand Roka and Pravakar Dewan.

The committee will submit their reports by 17 July and the next meeting of GMCC will be held on 18 July.

The meeting has decided that it will undertake all GMCC programs in the proposed area of Gorkhaland from Sunkosh to Mechi River.

The GMCC has appealed and requested all the Chairpersons, Vice Chairpersons and Member Secretaries of all Hill Development Boards including Siliguri Terai Dooars Nepali Board to resign for the sake of Gorkhaland. Mr Tamang informed that GMCC will send them an appeal letter very soon.

Meanwhile, GNLF today clarified that they have given up their 6th Schedule issue and now their one-point demand is Gorkhaland.

Regarding the violence that broke out in Kalimpong on Thursday, Mr Tamang accused the police of provoking the public. The police lathicharged an innocent driver leading to the public's outburst, he alleged.

Mr Tamang said that recently in Siliguri, Oodlabari, Malbazaar and Jalpaiguri area vehicles carrying essential supplies to Sikkim and Darjeeling were stopped with the help of the police of the area. Condemning such activities as inhuman, he said that they will approach all appropriate forums regarding this.

Dawa Pakrin alleged that the police is picketing and stopping essential supplies from reaching Sikkim and the Hills which, he said, is a clear violation of the Food Security Act.

Addressing a press conference later, the convener of the GMCC, Prof Kalyan Dewan said today's meeting of the GMCC was held in a very friendly environment where all parties have expressed their desire to work together for Gorkhaland.

"We strongly condemn the barbarous attitude and activities of Bengal police who have not been allowing vehicles carrying essential commodities to Darjeeling and Sikkim. We also condemn the indiscriminate firing yesterday in Kalimpong where many innocent people were injured. We condemn every provocative act of West Bengal Police which is creating tension and disturbing the peaceful environment of the Hills," said Prof Dewan