Arrest retort to deadline- Cops pick up six based on video footage, Morcha tags them scapegoats

Siliguri, May 9: Police have picked up six persons for their alleged involvement in the attacks on Gorkha Janmuki Morcha supporters here last week, but Bimal Gurung’s party has tagged the arrests an “eyewash”.
The police, however, refused to divulge the political affiliation of the arrested youths. “We arrested them on the basis of video footage and photographs of the incidents that we procured from various sources,” said Rahul Srivastava, the superintendent of police, Darjeeling.
Gurung, the Morcha president, had set a deadline of seven days for the Darjeeling district administration within which the accused — three CPM leaders were named in an FIR — were to be arrested failing which 10,000 party supporters would come down to Siliguri for a protest meet.
Jibitesh Sarkar, a senior district leader and member of the CPM state committee, Mukul Sengupta, a councillor of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation and Shankar Ghosh, the DYFI district secretary, were, according to the Morcha, behind the assaults that took place on May 2.
“Balaram Choudhury, Sanjoy Mondal, Shankar Routh, Kali Roy and Tapash Majumdar were arrested last night, while Samir Pal was picked up this morning. They were all identified for their involvement in the scuffle with the Morcha supporters,” another police officer said. “The arrested youths are residents of Lichubagan, Tikiapara, Subashpally and Matangini Colony.”
Morcha media and publicity secretary Binay Tamang said those arrested have been made scapegoats. “It is an eyewash. The real culprits have not been touched despite our pinpointing them in the FIRs. If no action is taken against the CPM leaders within the stipulated time, we will continue with our agitation plan.”
Morcha supporters had come down to Siliguri on May 1 and 2 for a hunger strike to demand permission to hold meetings here. Two hundred and seventy four of them courted arrest in batches on the first day by entering the court premises.
When they repeated the attempts on the second day, shouting anti-CPM slogans, it triggered mob violence and at least 10 Morcha supporters, including women, were beaten up. After the incident, the Morcha lodged complaints against Sarkar, Sengupta and Ghosh.
Ghosh has denied that the six arrested youths are party members. “We made inquiries and found that none of them are members of any of our units.” (The Telegraph)

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