Indefinite Mirik bandh suspended
7 December 2012
statesman news service
KURSEONG 7 DEC: The GJMM youth wing has suspended its ongoing indefinite Mirik block bandh this evening. According to GJMM youth affiliate leaders, they were merely suspending the bandh from 6 p.m. today till 13 December.
Demanding immediate release of one of their activists, Firoj Tamang, the GJMM youth wing had called an indefinite Mirik block bandh from this morning. Firoj Tamang was arrested in connection with the 5 December stir in Mirik. Mr Tamang and some of his associates are alleged to have ransacked the house of a GNLF supporter in Mirik.
In response to the bandh, all government and non-government establishments, including business houses, remained closed.
Transport was also off the road. Things became normal after 6 p.m. when the agitators decided to suspend the indefinite shutdown following a meeting. They threatened to resume the shutdown on 13 December if Mr Tamang is not released by then.
The GJMM youth wing central committee member, Mr Suresh Tamang, said the leadership has decided to suspend the shutdown to facilitate school examinations that are now going on.
“Besides, we are against the tourism season being affected due to the stir. But we would be forced to resume the shutdown if Mr Tamang is not released by police by 13 December. But this shutdown would not be confined to Mirik block only. It would be convened for the entire Hill region under the GTA,” he said.
He said the GNLF activist, Mr Santamani Rai, would have to be arrested by 13 December. “He misbehaved with the members of the party’s women wing in Mirik during the Puja festival,” he said.
Meanwhile, Firoz Tamang was produced today before the ACJM Kurseong Court from where he was remanded to judicial custody.
The Kurseong SDPO, Mr N N Bhutia, said that there are several charges against him that include attempt to murder.