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Shops & NBSTC office torched in Kalimpong

Gorkhaland supporter torch fire on NBSTC office kalimpong
Alleged Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters engaged in a pitched battle with security personnel at two different spots here today, leaving six uniformed persons and three members of the mob injured.
This was the first clash between Gorkhaland supporters and the police in Kalimpong district since the latest round of the unrest began in the hills in early June. The district, however, had witnessed numerous incidents of arson and vandalism in the past three weeks.
The trouble began when Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the Morcha, took out a massive march from Damber Chowk around 11am with many of the youths openly wielding khukris. As a section of the rallyists reached a six-storied building which also houses the office of the Trinamul Congress at R. C. Mintri Road, some in the group first started hurling stones at a group of police personnel posted in the front of the structure. They also torched two shops located on the third floor of the building.

Within minutes, the reinforcement, including those from the State Armed Police, led by Ajit Singh Yadav, the superintendent of police, Kalimpong, reached the spot and cordoned off the area.
"Police engaged themselves in putting off the fire. Soon, some local people also joined in the exercise. However, fire engines could not reach the spot as Morcha supporters allegedly prevented it from going there," said a source.
Even as the blaze was being doused, a massive mob of Morcha supporters came rushing along Rishi Road, which runs parallel to R.C. Mintri but is on a higher gradient, and started pelting the police personnel below with stones. Police fired tear gas cells to disperse the mob.
"However, they remained undeterred and continued raining stones, taking advantage of the vantage point it enjoyed. This continued for about an hour," said the source.
On June 8, police had been attacked by protesters who took vantage points in Darjeeling when chief minister Mamata Banerjee was holding a cabinet meeting.
Even as the R.C. Mintri Road incident was being played out, another mob set on fire the office of the North Bengal State Transport Corporation located at Motor Stand, about 1km away.

Eyewitnesses said as a posse of policemen reached Motor Stand, the crowd dispersed and some of them gathered at Damber Chowk, a furlong away. "A little later, another mob appeared and started hurling stones at police personnel. The police then fired in the air and lobbed rubber bullets at the mob," said an eyewitness.
The police said six persons were injured in the clashes.
Morcha sources, on their part, said three of their supporters had also received injuries. "Six (policemen) have been injured, four of whom have been hospitalised. One of them has received injuries from khukri...Two others were administered first aid and are fine now," said the Kalimpong SP.
Ramesh Allay, a senior Morcha leader, said three party supporters, too, had been injured in the day's incidents, and accused the police of using live bullets. "We have evidence to prove that the police used live bullets, and not rubber bullets," he said.
The Kalimpong police superintendent, Yadav, denied using anything other than rubber bullets. "We fired non-lethal gas gun...rubbers bullets are fired from gas gun," he said.
Amidst all these, Damber Chowk, which is in the heart of Kalimpong, looked like a war zone as Morcha supporters collected tyres around the roundabout and set them on fire. Till the filing of this report, no arrest has been in connection with today's incidents.(TT)

Mann Ghisingh asked gurung to concentrate on statehood agitation

GNLF president Mann Ghisingh
The GNLF president today asked Bimal Gurung, without naming him, to concentrate on the statehood agitation and stop "listening to everyone" and iterated that his party no longer demanded the Sixth Schedule status for the hills.
Without taking the name of the GNLF, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president had said yesterday: "I am hearing that a Sixth Schedule khichdi is being cooked by the Bengal government to bring about disunity."
In a reply to Gurung's barb, the GNLF president Mann Ghisingh, told a rally in Darjeeling today: "We are hearing a lot of things. I would request you to stop listening to everyone. We are no longer interested in the Sixth Schedule status and our demand now is only Gorkhaland."

Ghisingh was addressing GNLF workers who took out a march from Dali to Clubside in Darjeeling.
Asking Gurung to remain "guarded" against various conspiracies, Ghisingh called upon the Morcha leadership to "concentrate" on the large goal. "We must all concentrate on the larger goal. I would also suggest that the all-party co-ordination committee (formed to pursue the Gorkhaland demand" to start working. Things are lingering. Is the delay in holding meetings and formulating a strategy a ploy to derail this all-party initiative," said Ghisingh.
In another development, Trinamul today faced a major jolt with the party's working president in the hills, N.B. Khawash, and vice-presidents, Parishma Giri and Mohan Lama, resigning. "We have resigned from Trinamul considering the aspirations of people and in support of the mass movement. We are hopeful that the people's aspiration will not be let down this time," said Khawash.
Today, a joint procession by the Morcha, CPRM and Gorkhaland Rajya Nirman Morcha was organised in Darjeeling, followed by a public meeting at Chowk Bazar in the town.
Dawa Pakhrin, the president of the GRNM, said: "Bengal is tired. We are getting positive messages from the Centre and the people's movement will not be wasted this time."(TT)

HC asked centre about paramilitary forces deployment in the hills

Paramilitary forces in Darjeeling town
The high court today asked the Union government's counsel to convey on July 8 the Centre's decision on the state's demand for additional paramilitary forces for deployment in the hills.

Yesterday, a division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre had asked the lawyers of the central and state governments to decide on the Mamata Banerjee dispensation's demand for more forces.

The state advocate general, Kishore Dutta, today informed the court that on the basis of yesterday's request by the division bench, he had sent a list of total state and central security forces currently deployed in the hills and the quantity of additional paramilitary personnel required to maintain law and order.

Justice Mhatre then asked the additional solicitor general, Kaushik Chanda, who appeared for the Centre: "What decision your government is taking on the state's request for more central forces?"

Chanda replied: "The central government needs time to consider the request. Please fix the matter for hearing on July 10. I will try to inform the court about the central government's decision on the matter on that day."
But Dutta urged the acting chief justice to ask the Centre to take the decision as soon as possible.
Justice Mhatre fixed July 8 for the next hearing and asked the additional solicitor general to inform the court about his client's decision on that day.(TT)

Landslide at Whistle-khola kurseong blocks NH 55

Landslide at NH 55 ay Whistle-khola kurseong
Darjeeling, July 5, 2017: Adding to the ongoing indefinite bandh woes in the Darjeeling Hills of North Bengal, incessant rainfall caused a landslide on National Highway 55 at Kurseong blocking the lifeline connecting Darjeeling to the plains of Siliguri. The landslide occurred in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. A huge rock along with mud and debris blocked the NH 55 ay Whistle-khola, 2 km away from the Kurseong town. The NH 55 is a 76 km stretch connecting Darjeeling with Siliguri and runs through the Kurseong town.

"We have informed the National Highway authorities about the landslide. Work to clear the debris by the NH authorities will commence at the earliest. We expect the blockade to be cleared in the next few hours and traffic to resume" stated Debasish Chattopadhyay, Sub Divisional Officer, Kurseong.
Traffic jams have occurred on both sides of the slide with vehicles carrying milk, LPG and ambulances stuck owing to the blockade. The NH authorities could not be contacted for comments. Kurseong has witnessed 128.2mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. Since July 1 to July 4th, the cumulative rainfall in Kurseong is 250.2mm. Met offices predict heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours. 
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Four police personnel injured, situation tense in Darjeeling

Gorkhaland supporter clash with Police in Kalimpong
Clashes broke out between Police and Morcha supporters in Kalimpong on the 21st day of Darjeeling bandh on Wednesday. Four police personnel were severely injured in the clashes. Morcha supporters set ablaze a TMC office and North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) ticket counter.

The Morcha supporters rallied on Wednesday throughout the hills and the leaders threatened to intensify the protest until their demand for separate Gorkhaland is fulfilled, as per media report.

GJM supremo Bimal Gurung on Tuesday said, “We have a single point agenda of Gorkhaland and we’ll only hold talks if the agenda is a separate state. This is our final battle and we’ll not move an inch from our demand.”

Schools, Hotels and colleges were shut down in the hills except for some emergency services. Internet services remained suspended for the 21st consecutive day. Several boarding schools have extended their vacancies due to this ongoing unrest in the hill which has started from June 8. The agitation till now took lives of two people.

Source: IndianExpress

गोर्खाल्याण्डको मागमा मङपु अल्पसंख्यक समुदायको र्याली अनि पथसभा

Minority Community Rally in Demand of Gorkhaland
पृथक राज्य गोर्खाल्याण्डको माग गर्दै चडकिरहेको आन्दोलन अन्तर्गत क्रमिक नारा जुलुशको क्रममा आज मङपु क्षेत्रका अल्प संख्यक समुदायले पनि र्याली अनि पथ सभा गर्यो | गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चाको ब्यानरमा विभिन्न विभागबाट निकालिएको दैनिक र्याली नालीडाँडा परिसरमा आएपछि सदा झैँ एउटा पथ सभाको रुप लियो | सभा केएस छेत्रीको सभापतित्वमा सम्पन्न भयो भने उनी  केही दिन अघिसम्म तृणमूल कंग्रेस मङपु जोनका अध्यक्षको पदमा थिए जसले गोर्खाल्याण्डको आन्दोलन चड्केपछि आफ्नो पार्टी अनि पद त्यागेर निर्णायक आन्दोलनमा सहभागी बन्न मोर्चाको झन्डा समातेका थिए | सभामा बक्ताहरुले गोर्खाहरुलाई पद र पैसा चाहिएको होइन तर देश विदेश जाँदा आफूमाथि आइपर्ने चिन्हारीको सवालले गर्दा गोर्खाहरुको निम्ति छुट्टै राज्य अनिवार्य रुपमा गठन हुनुपर्ने कुरो बताए | यसको साथै दार्जीलिंग पहाडका विभिन्न दलका नेतृत्वहरुले दार्जीलिंगलाई हेरेर मात्र आन्दोलन नसोंचिदिने तर देश विदेशबाट जुर्मुरीउठेका समस्त गोर्खाल्याण्ड समर्थकहरुको चाहना र ऐतिहासिक समर्थनलाई पनि ध्यानमा राखेर कदम बढाउने कुरा राखे | उनीहरु कुनैपनि व्यवस्था र थप बजेट अनि पावरको निम्ति आन्दोलनलाई समर्थन गरेका होइनन् भन्दै धेरैचोटि ठगिएको गोर्खाहरुलाई नेतृत्ववर्गले अबउसो कुनै व्यवस्थामा सम्झौता गरेर धोका नदिने पनि अपिल गरे | आज देश विदेशमा बस्ने गोर्खाहरुलाई हामी पहाडबासी भन्दा धेरै चिन्हारीको आवश्यकता खट्किएको हुँदा उनीहरु यसपल्ट धेरै नै जोश जाँगरको साथ गोर्खाल्याण्डको आन्दोलनलाई निर्णायक मोड दिन उत्रिसकेको बेला हामी पहाडका सम्पूर्ण संघ संस्था लगायत राजनैतिक दलहरु पनि निसन्देह एक भएर आन्दोलन गर्नुपर्ने मन्तब्य पनि वक्ताहरुले राखे | आजको सभामा मङपुका ब्यापारी संगठनका मारवाडी, बिहारी, मुस्लिम, भुटिया आदि समुदायका पदाधिकारीहरुको बिशेष उपस्थिति रहेको थियो | सुदेश थापा द्वारा संचालित पथसभालाई सम्बोधन गर्दै नरेश शेर्पा, गोकुल जैन, दिलिप शर्मा, अनि केएस छेत्रीले गोर्खाहरुको निम्ति गोर्खाल्याण्डको अनिवार्यता विषय सान्दर्भिक वक्तब्य राखेका थिए ||  

मङपुमा इन्टरनेट संगै नेटवर्कको पनि समस्या

Mobile internet network ban in Darjeeling
दार्जीलिंग पहाडबाट गोर्खाल्याण्डको आन्दोलन शुरु भएपछि सरकारद्वारा पहाडीछेत्रमा इन्टरनेट सेवा बन्द गर्ने निर्देश गर्दै सम्बन्धित कम्पनीहरुलाई नोटिस जारी गरेको थियो जसको फलस्वरूप पहाडमा अहिले घरि इन्टरनेट सेवा वाधित छ | इन्टरनेट बन्दीले हैरान भएका जनता अहिलेघरि विभिन्न कम्पनीका नेटवर्कहरुमा गडबडी आएकोले अर्को थप समस्या भोगिरहेका छन् | पहाड बन्दको कारण गाउँ बस्तीमा दैनिक पत्रिका पुग्न नसकेको समय फेसबुक अनि अनलाइन समाचारहरु हेरेर पहाडको बर्तमान स्थितिबारे जान्ने इन्टरनेटनै एउटा सजिलो माध्यम थियो त्यसमा पनि प्रतिबन्ध लगाएपछि फोन गरेर यता उताको हालखबर बुझ्ने गर्दागर्दै बर्तमान विभिन्न नेटवर्क कम्पनीकाहरुले पनि आफ्नो टावरबाट सुचारु नेटवर्क दिइरहेका छैनन् | मङपु क्षेत्रमा भोडाफोन, एयरसेल, रिलायन्स सबैले नै राम्रो नेटवर्क दिनसकेका छैनन् | नेटवर्क हुने तर कल नलाग्ने, कसै कम्पनीको अघिल्लो दुई हप्ता भन्दा अघिदेखि नेटवर्क शुन्य रहेको जस्ता समस्याले क्षेत्रबासी पिडित छन् | यसरी हालमा सुचना अनि संचारको माध्यमहरुनै एकाएक बन्द गर्न थालेपछि गाउँ बस्तितिर मानिसहरु कालापानीमा बसेको अनुभव गरिरहेका छन् | इन्टरनेट अनि नेटवर्कको बन्द अनि गडबडीले गर्दा साधारण जनता लगायत विधार्थी नानीहरुको अनलाइन भर्ना, रेल टिकट आदि जस्ता आवश्यकीय कामहरु गर्नदेखि पनि बंचित बन्न परेको छ |

नयाँ समर्थकहरुलाई लिएर ७४ धुरामा गोरामुमोको सभा

Gorkha National Liberation Front GNLF flag
गत मंगलबार गोर्खा राष्ट्रीय मुक्ति मोर्चा मङपुको एक सभा ७४ धुरा निवासी बिशाल दासको बासगृहमा रुपेन प्रधानको सभापतित्वमा सपन्न्न भयो | सभामा यस धुराका सम्पूर्ण टीएमसी समर्थकहरुले आ – आफ्नो पद र सदस्यताबाट राजिनामा दिइसकेको बताउँदै बर्तमान जनआन्दोलनमा गोरामुमोसंग सामेल भइ गोर्खाल्याण्डको आन्दोलनलाई सफल पार्ने निर्णय लिएको बताए | सभामामा मङपु जोन गोरामुमोका सभापति चमनसिंह प्रधानको पनि उपस्थिति रहेको थियो | यसै सभाबाट उपसमितिको भार अमर तामांग अनि सहसचिवको भार धिरेन तामांगलाई सुम्पिएको छ | यसकोसाथै कन्भेनरको पदमा मुकेश तामांगलाई चयन गरियो भने गोरानासको संयोजिका रोशनी राई अनि गितिका प्रधानलाई नियुक्त गरियो | यस सभाले गोरामुमो ७४ धुराको प्रमुख सलाहकारमा रवि तामांग, नरेन तामांग, जीवन तामांग आदिलाई चयन गरेको जानकारी भिलेजचिफ अल्बर्ट तामांगले दिएको छ ||