GJM to stage hunger strikes from Thursday
Siliguri (WB) (PTI): The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha which is fighting for a separate state for Gorkhas in Darjeeling Hills will stage indefinite hunger strikes and asked people not to pay government dues from Thursday to protest against the denial of permission to hold public meetings here.
Announcing this, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said that his organisation had not been allowed by the administration to hold a public meeting at Bagha Jatin Park at Siliguri last Sunday for which it had made an announcement earlier.
He said GJM activists would stage hunger strikes in the three hill sub-divisions of the Darjeeling hills and plains including Siliguri and Dooars.
Giri also said the people have been asked not to pay electric and telephone bill from May one. Asked if electric lines and telephone lines were cut following non-payment of bills, he said in that case they would switch over to candle light and surrender all BSNL land lines en masse. He also threatened to cut off power supply from the hydel power stations to the plains.
Giri said that the GJM was not allowed to stage a fast unto death in front of the SDO's office at Siliguri earlier, but now "we are ready to accept bullet to carry out our programme."