Siliguri: Mamata Banerjee government is taking one step after another to further isolate the fugitive Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung who is wanted in several cases of arson, violence, and bomb blasts in Darjeeling Hills.
In the latest development, Gurung’s name has been deleted from the voters’ list of Darjeeling. The names of his deputy Roshan Giri and several other fugitive leaders of Gurung camp have been dropped from the voters’ list.
Darjeeling district magistrate Joyoshi Das Gupta, who also happens to be the district election officer under the Election Commission of India, said that the names of Gurung and others have been dropped because despite issued multiple notices, none of them appeared before the concerned officer to prove their domicile.
Das Gupta said that it is a rule to issue notices to those who are not found by election officials at the last recorded address and in the event of no show even after this, names of such persons are dropped.
Gurung, however, has taken exception to this. Issuing a Press release to journalists in the Hills from his undisclosed hideout, Gurung has alleged that the move is nothing but a ploy to stop him and his aides from contesting future elections from Darjeeling.
The fugitive leader also said that the district administration has selectively picked out those associated with him and has deleted their names from the electoral roll.
Earlier this month, the Darjeeling DM had recommended action against Gurung’s daughter Anuradha Gurung for allegedly securing admission in class XI back in 2004 by impersonating the identity of a girl from Nepal.