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GJM activists` march foiled, tribal group calls off bandh

The GJM`s bid to take out a march to Sipchu in this district in protest against the February 8 firing on its activists was foiled by police on Thursday following which a tribal group that began an indefinite bandh in Dooars area to oppose Gorkhaland withdrew its strike.



Jalpaiguri (WB): The GJM`s bid to take
out a march to Sipchu in this district in protest against the
February 8 firing on its activists was foiled by police on Thursday
following which a tribal group that began an indefinite bandh
in Dooars area to oppose Gorkhaland withdrew its strike.

The Adivasi Vikas Parishad had called the bandh in
protest against the `padayatras` by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha
(GJM) in the area demanding a separate Gorkhaland state.
Terai-Dooars president of the Adivasi Vikas Parishad
Jan Berla said the bandh was withdrawn after police blocked
the GJM procession at Hatipota, which is inhabited by a large
number of Adivasis, during the day.

GJM activists had begun the padayatra from Sankosh to
Sipchu, the scene of police firing on its activists which
claimed three lives. The police stopped them at Hatipota.

"However, the Parishad would not hesitate to call a
bandh again if such rallies by GJM is not stopped in future,"
Berla said.

The bandh was total in the tea gardens, at Hasimara,
Kalchini, Banerhat and Birpara but life in Jalpaiguri and
Alipurduar was normal, the police said.
Meanwhile, the GJM`s indefinite bandh in Darjeeling to
press for Gorkhaland entered the 10th day and hit life across
the district.

GJM president Bimal Gurung is camping at Kumani, near
Sipchu which is the gateway to Dooars since February 11
demanding that he be allowed to take out a padayatra to
Sankosh.

PTI

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