FIRs to fight Morcha deadline to cops

Siliguri, May 8: The CPM today dug up three FIRs lodged in the hills and plains against some Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders and urged police to act on them.
Observers said the move was in retaliation to the Morcha’s seven-day deadline to the police for arresting three CPM leaders in connection with the incidents on May 2 when supporters of the hill party were assaulted in Siliguri. The Morcha had set the deadline yesterday at its public meeting here.
“On April 9, a day after explosives were found in a house in Mallaguri, a resident of the area, Amal Khawas, lodged an FIR with the Pradhannagar police station. In it, Khawas said the owner of the house, Ganga Majhi, was an active Morcha worker and its leader Roshan Giri frequently visited the house,” said Jibitesh Sarkar, a senior district leader of the CPM.
“Khawas also stated that the explosives were brought here by the Morcha members as part of a plot to eliminate local CPM leaders,” claimed Sarkar, who is one of the three CPM leaders whom the Morcha wants arrested.
A number of improvised explosive devices were found in three places in town after two of them went off on April 3, killing three alleged bomb-makers. Initial findings had pointed the finger at Bhutan Maoists.
Sarkar added that CPM supporters in Kurseong had also filed an FIR at the Sadar police station there on April 9, accusing Morcha leader Pradeep Pradhan of guiding an attack on the local office of the party. “A similar FIR was lodged against Morcha leaders in Kalimpong for the arson attack on our party office there. The police should act on all these complaints.”
Darjeeling police chief Rahul Srivastava confirmed that the police had received the FIRs. “We have started investigations, but no one has been arrested yet,” he said. (The Telegraph)
Sarkar said the Morcha was constantly breaking the law by stopping the district magistrate from going to Darjeeling, shutting down government offices and raising their own police force.

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