Kolkata: Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) chief Subhas Ghising has been shifted from his residence in Darjeeling to Siliguri on security grounds, after a spurt in violence during the ongoing struggle for ‘Gorkhaland’ mounted by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
West Bengal Home Secretary Ashoke Mohan Chakraborty told reporters here on Saturday that the situation in Darjeeling was tense and Mr. Ghising was brought to Siliguri “for security reasons.”
GJM leader Bimal Gurung said although the Morcha had not opposed the GNLF leader’s return earlier, it could now no longer take responsibility for his security and he had to leave. “We have been trying to lead a democratic and non-violent movement, but we now see efforts to sabotage it and turn it into a violent one,” he said.
Mr. Ghising told journalists in Siliguri that he came to the town of his own accord. “I want peace to prevail.”
The hills witnessed turbulence yet again on Friday after a woman, stated to be a GJM activist, was shot. She died later. (Hindu)