Featured Image: Roshan Giri with Union home minister Rajnath Singh and MoS Parliamentary affairs SS Ahluwalia at Singh’s residence in New Delhi on Friday.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 08 September: GORKHA Janmukti Morcha (GJM) general secretary Roshan Giri, against whom West Bengal police have got lookout notice and non-bailable warrant issued for alleged involvement in subversive activities in Darjeeling Hills, call on the Union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
Giri was accompanied by a seven member team from the Hills which included Morcha leaders Swaraj Thapa, Ashok Lama (Dooars), Kalimpong MLA Sarita Rai, Kurseong MLA Rohit Sharma, Arun Gathani of the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists, Biplab Rai of All India Gorkha League and Dawa Pakhrin of Gorkhaland Rajya Nirman Morcha. BJP Darjeeling MP and Union minister SS Ahluwalia was present as a mediator.
The delegation called on the Home minister at his official residence at Akbar Road in the Capital and he gave them a hearing for about 30 minutes from 5.15 pm.
An unsigned Press statement released by Giri after the meeting reads that the delegation has urged the Home minister to convene a tripartite meeting as during a bipartite meet in Kolkata on 29 August Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that creation of Gorkhaland state was not in the state’s purview.
The delegation has also demanded a probe by the National investigation Agency into the serious of bomb blasts in the Hills since 19 August.
The state police have registered FIRs under UAPA and other relevant laws against several GJM leaders, including party chief Bimal Gurung, for the blasts. However, by plastering a poster at Mirik yesterday, a self-styled militant outfit Gorkhaland Liberation Army (GLA) claimed responsibility for the blasts. GLA is suspected to have links with the voluntary force that GJM raised in 2008.
The delegation led by Giri further drew attention of the Home minister to the witch-hunting of GJM leaders by the Bengal police, which has made Bimal Gurung and other go hiding.
Although today’s meeting was a last-ditch effort by GJM to find an escape route from the intensified offensive by the state police, a member of the delegation divulged that the Home minister has categorically stated that Centre will not convene a tripartite meeting unless the state asks for it.