GNLF leader in line of fire

Siliguri, May 9: A GNLF leader was today kept confined to his house for over an hour for claiming that a number of Subash Ghisingh’s supporters had been requested to attend the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha rally at Indira Gandhi Maidan on Wednesday.
To protest against the claim, more than 100 Morcha supporters today demonstrated in front of Rajen Mukhia’s house at Panighata Bazaar near Naxalbari, around 40km from Siliguri. They also kept him confined for over an hour.
Mukhia had said yesterday: “The Morcha leaders here insisted on taking a large number of people to the meeting and requested us to tell our supporters to attend the rally. We in turn told many residents that they could go if they wanted to.” Today, he said “1,500 people from Panighata had attended the rally in 22 vehicles”.
Mukhia’s claim irked the Morcha and this morning when the GNLF leader was organising a rally at Panighatta Tea Estate, he was pelted with stones. “I was rescued by the police.”
Indra Kumar Pradhan, the convener of the Panighata-Naxalbari committee of the Morcha, said the situation returned to normal after Mukhia “apologised”. Mukhia said around 100 GNLF supporters had attended the rally. (The Telegraph)


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