JAP heads tonsure protest for Gorkhaland

JAP heads tonsure protest for Gorkhaland
About 15 members of the Jana Andolan Party (JAP) tonsured their heads on Monday to protest against the alleged attempt of the state government to suppress the demand for Gorkhaland by belittling the sacrifices of those who lost their lives in the recent agitation in the hills.
The JAP members had originally planned to hold the "symbolic protest" programme at the Town Hall here, but were denied permission by the administration and eventually got their hairs shaved on the premises of the party office.
"This is a symbolic protest against the state government's attempt to suppress the Gorkhaland demand. This is also a protest against the government for seeking to belittle the sacrifices of the martyrs who died during the agitation by paying Rs 2 lakh to their kin," said Bhupen Rai, the secretary of Yuva Ekai, the youth wing of JAP.
Acceding to the demand of the Binay Tamang faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the state government last week had announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those who died in the unrest and Rs 50,000 each to the injured persons.

The JAP has also been critical of the Tamang group for seeking compensation, maintaining that the 12 persons who died had sacrificed their lives for Gorkhaland, and not for monetary benefits.
Rai appealed to the Gorkha people throughout the country to lend their support to the protest programme.

The Telegraph

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