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Gorkhaland demand: Bimal Gurung gives 'Bengal- quit Darjeeling' chant to protesters ahead of Independence Day

Darjeeling: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung on Saturday gave a "Bengal — Darjeeling Choro" call as the indefinite strike called by his outfit in the Darjeeling hills, demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland, entered its 52nd day.

File image of Bimal Gurung. Getty images

File image of Bimal Gurung. Getty images

"Bengal — Darjeeling Choro (Bengal — quit Darjeeling)," would be the main slogan of the people of the hills on the Independence Day on 15 August, he said in a statement in Darjeeling.

"Just as the British exploited us and tortured us, the West Bengal government is also doing the same with the people of the hills, Terai and Dooars. Therefore, when we participate in the Independence day celebrations, we will not only be celebrating our glorious freedom struggle but will also be protesting against the Bengal's colonial rule," Gurung added.

Meanwhile, GJM leader Norbu Lama, a close associate of Gurung, was arrested by the CID last night for his alleged involvement in arson and violence, which took place in the hills last month.

"He (Lama) was arrested from the Bhaktinagar police station area last night," a senior CID official said.

GJM activists took out rallies in various parts of the hills, demanding the restoration of internet services, which have been suspended since 18 June, and an immediate withdrawal of police personnel from the hills.

Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 17:25 PM

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