Ultra Left extremists inciting trouble in Darjeeling, Kalimpong: West Bengal to HC

Ebony Scott
July 15, 2017

More central forces in Darjeeling has been a key and consistent demand of the Bengal government as it has accused the Centre of fomenting trouble in the district and has struggled to contain the violent agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state. Several government buildings have been burnt down and hydel power projects shut down as the violence, which started in the second week of June, has claimed several lives.

Eleven companies have already been deployed and four more will be sent soon, Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar which was hearing a petition by Sikkim Chief Secretary A K Srivastav, Lok Sabha MP P D Rai and Rajya Sabha member Hissey Lachungpa. "Given the worsening situation and gross denial of human rights and the hardship the people in the hills are being subjected to, urgent intervention is required, " he said adding, " It is clear that the restoration of peace and normalcy in the area can happen only through a dialogue for which the process of talks among the three parties that created the GTA must immediately begin". Ration shops are closed. "If the Centre and state are not serious., if they fail to maintain law and order, the court will intervene".

The acting Chief Justice also ordered the district judge of city sessions court to submit a report in one week in the Madan Tamang case - that how many days the accused Bimal Gurung and others were supposed to be present in court and how many days they were actually present. It further directed the Director General of Police to ensure safe passage of people travelling in vehicles on National Highway 10, the sole road linking West Bengal's Siliguri to Sikkim.

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The court also said that the CRPF companies being sent by the Centre to assist the State government in maintaining law and order would be deployed in Darjeeling and Kalimpong only.

He said the state government could not deploy any additional police as it had done to the maximum, and sought central armed police force for assistance.

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