GMCC LEADERS TO FAST UNTO DEATH FOR GORKHALAND


Gangtok, 11 Jul:

The all-party meeting of political outfits and organizations which have joined forces to reinforce the movement for Gorkhaland met today at Mirik in neighbouring Darjeeling and unanimously endorsed an 8-point agenda for the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee formed from among them.

The 30-member committee, headed by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, said it wanted a CBI inquiry into all the incidents of violence and the "killing" of seven GJM supporters in alleged police firing.

The first point on the resolutions adopted by them address the ongoing indefinite strike and announces that Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-sponsored bandh will continue. Today was the 27th day of the indefinite general strike in the neighboring hills which had begun on 15 June following the police raid on GJM president Bimal Gurung’s house and office in Patleybas in Darjeeling.

The meeting also decided that two leaders from each organization represented in the GMCC will begin a fast unto death in support of the Gorkhaland demand at Chowrasta in Darjeeling from 15 July onwards. As of now, as per a press communiqué issued by the GMCC, there are 14 constituent members of the committee.

The hunger strike will come in culmination to a GMCC plan of action which got underway today, starting with an appeal to all recipients of the Bhanu Puraskar awarded by the WB Govt to return their awards in protest against the WB Government’s handling of the situation in the Hills.

The GMCC also resolved to observe Bhanu Jayanti on 13 July as Gorkhaland Unity Day.

All chairpersons of the 15 developments boards instituted in the region by the WB Government have also been called upon to resign from their posts by 6 p.m. on 14 July. Those who fail to resign from their posts by this deadline will be dubbed anti-Gorkhaland, the GMCC has deemed.

A day before their fast-unto-death begins in Darjeeling, the GMCC constituents plan to gherao the DC and SDM offices in the area on 14 July in protest against blockades which are not allow essential commodities to be supplied to the hills.

In the event that supplies are still refused access, the GMCC plans to march to Siliguri carrying empty bags.

The next GMCC meeting is scheduled to be held on 18 July.

Meanwhile, in Darjeeling today, the GJM took out a Khukuri procession. Also today, one of the protestors, Ashok Tamang, injured in police action in Darjeeling on 08 July, succumbed to his injuries in Gangtok. He was undergoing treatment at CRH, Tadong, here.