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Featured Image: A glimpse of the GMCC meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. 

Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 01 August: THE indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling Hills, that entered 48th day today, would continue until the Centre intervenes in the matter, Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) has decided in its meeting held in New Delhi.

GMCC is a conglomeration of political and apolitical organisations from Darjeeling floated to push for a separate Gorkhaland state out of Bengal.

After a marathon meeting attended by 34 representatives at the NCUI Auditorium in the Capital, GMCC announced that despite the hardship being faced by people, the shutdown would continue.

Sources suggested that the announcement by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung that only his party has the right to call off the strike might have influenced the decision. The GMCC members also feared that if the strike is called off, GJM cadres might stop them from entering the Hills as they had done to Subhash Ghising in 2007.

Other than continuing the bandh, GMCC has decided to call on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh over the next few days to press for the demand for Gorkhaland. GMCC leaders would also hold a day-long token hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on any day before 5 August.

The developments come on a day the City Sessions Court in Kolkata rejected GJM chief Bimal Gurung’s plea for adjournment into the hearing of the murder of All India Gorkha League president Madan Tamang.

As many as 48 former and present GJM leaders, including Gurung are accused in the case. Alleging that state government might influence the trial, Gurung has moved the Supreme Court pleading that the trial be conducted out of Bengal. The apex court is slated to hear the plea on 8 August.

Citing the pending Supreme Court hearing, Gurung’s lawyer Debasis Roy urged the City Session judge Kundan Kumar Kumai to adjourn his hearing till then. But the judge rejected the plea and said that the hearing would continue everyday as the Calcutta High Court has directed that the charge be framed in the case by 17 August.

CBI is investigating the 2010 gruesome murder of Madan Tamang in Darjeeling on broad day. Tamang was a staunch critic of Gurung and his party.