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Siliguri: ON a day Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached Siliguri for a meeting on Darjeeling unrest tomorrow, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today sacked party president Bimal Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri.

GJM central committee, which today met at a private resort at Ghoom in the Hills, has unanimously suspended Gurung and Giri from the party for six months. Along with them has been suspended 13 others that include Gurung’s wife Asha Gurung, hardliner aide Prakash Gurung, and journalist-turned-media advisor Swaraj Thapa.

Binay Tamang, and Anit Thapa, appointed the interim chairman and vice-chairman of semi-autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration by the state government in October, have been elected the new president and general secretary of GJM, respectively.

In another development related to Darjeeling Hills, the Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the state not to use any “coercive action” against Bimal Gurung, claimed his lawyer Ashok Dhamija.

The directive comes in response to a petition for anticipatory bail that Gurung moved in the apex court after the Bengal police issued lookout notice against him for absconding in several cases of violence, arson, and blasts in the Hills since June this year.

Dhamija claimed that the SC has issued a notice to the Centre and the state on Gurung’s plea, giving them two weeks to respond. Until then, the SC has asked that no “coercive action” should be taken against Gurung, the lawyer said, interpreting this as an interim stay on arresting Gurung.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee flew down in Siliguri today afternoon for the next round of dialogue with political parties from Darjeeling in view of the unrest that it has witnessed since June. The meeting will be held tomorrow afternoon at a GTA-owned resort named Pintail Village on the outskirts of Siliguri town.

After this, the Chief Minister will attend a few government programmes in north Bengal and fly back to Kolkata on Thursday, 23 November.

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