Tension persists in Darjeeling

Tension continued in Darjeeling town Wednesday after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung threatened to retaliate if party workers were attacked in the wake of anti-GJM sentiments.

Updated: May 26, 2010, 16:29 PM IST

Darjeeling: Tension continued in
Darjeeling town Wednesday after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal
Gurung threatened to retaliate if party workers were attacked
in the wake of anti-GJM sentiments triggered by the killing of
Gorkha leader Madan Tamang.

Gurung, who has demanded a CBI inquiry into the
killing, will hold a rally in Kurseong during the day to
demonstrate that he has not lost the people`s mandate.

Facing a public outcry over the brutal killing of
Tamang, Gurung had yesterday claimed that he had not lost the
"mandate" in the hills and threatened to retaliate if his
party workers were attacked.

Prohibitory orders, clamped yesterday were withdrawn,
and shops and markets reopened.

In another development, the All India Gorkha League
met last night and appointed Tamang`s widow Bharati as the
party`s new chief.

Bharati has demanded a CBI probe into her husband`s
killing and met West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan in this
regard yesterday.

Meanwhile, GJM`s publicity secretary Harka Bahadur,
who had resigned on Monday in protest against Tamang`s
killing, returned to the party, party sources said.

PTI