WB govt says won`t succumb to GJM threat

GJM chief Bimal Gurung has warned that the state govt will be responsible for the consequences if he is arrested.

Updated: Feb 12, 2011, 16:49 PM IST

Kolkata: Amid Centre`s efforts to broker peace, GJM chief Bimal Gurung has threatened to intensify the stir if any attempt was made to arrest him but the West Bengal government on Saturday asserted it would not succumb to any pressure
in dealing with the violent agitation in the Darjeeling hills.

"The state government will not succumb to any pressure in dealing with violent mode of agitation," state Home Secretary GD Gautama told reporters at Writers` Buildings.

His statement came after the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief, against whom an FIR has been lodged, had said that any attempt to arrest him "will put the hills on fire" and that the state government will be responsible for the consequences.

"If police try to arrest me, the people of the hills will give them a fitting reply. They will virtually put the hills on fire. And the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Government will
be solely responsible for the consequences," Gurung said over phone from Darjeeling last night.

An FIR was lodged with the Nagerkata police station in Jalpaiguri district against five GJM leaders, including Gurung, on February nine after two GJM supporters were killed in police firing at Sipchu the previous day.

The charges against Gurung and four others include obstructing public servant in the discharge of his duty, illegal assembly in areas under prohibitory orders and
encroaching of forest areas for temporary shelters, police said.

Gurung described as false all the charges against him and demanded a CBI probe into the "unprovoked" police firing that left two GJM activists dead.

Meanwhile, the Home Secretary said that the state government was not considering restoration of security for GJM president Bimal Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri.

"This is a matter concerning the local-level administration which appoints and withdraws personal security guards," Gautama added.

Centre`s interlocutor for Darjeeling peace process Bijay Madan is in the state to hold talks with leaders of GJM, which has launched an agitation for separate Gorkhaland state, and West Bengal officials.