9 ex-servicemen go ‘missing’ following clashes

DARJEELING, April 11: The Bharatiya Gorkha Bhutpurva Sainik Morcha (BGBSM), which brought out a rally backed by the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha in Si-liguri on Wednesday today alleged that nine of its supporters went missing after the rally turned violent following a clash with the police. The ex-servicemen’s organisation also alleged that the CPI-M might have a hand in the disappearance of the supporters.“Nine people have gone missing and we doubt that the CPI-M has an involvement in the disappearance,” alleged Capt (Retd) SP Pradhan, spokesperson of the BGBSM. He also said that 27 people were injured in the violence out of which 5 were serious.The Association has lodged an FIR at the Pradhannagar police station and has also forwarded a memorandum to all authorities concerned including the chief minister, Prime Mi-nister, Union Home M-inister and Defence Minister requesting them to take stringent action against the perpetrators of the violence. “The authorities should take immediate action or they will have to bear the consequences of the delay,” said Mr Pradhan. He declared that the ex-servicemen would not hesitate to surrender their medals if the situation demands so.Labelling Wednesday’s incident as a conspiracy of the CPI-M led West Bengal government; the BGBSM spokesperson said: “The West Bengal government was trying to defame their democratic movement and provoking them to take up arms. We demand a CBI inquiry into the whole incident,” he said adding that the CPI-M had adopted the same strategy in Nandigram. (The statesman News service)

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