Ethnic Gorkha students demand autonomy

Kolkata, Sep 2 (ANI): Student activists of ethnic Gorkha community held a march here to demand a separate state of “Gorkhaland” be carved out of West Bengal.

 Around 500 youths of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) joined the rally.

 GJM’s students’ wing, Gorkha Janamukti Vidyarthi Morcha (GJVM) said the march was part of their agitation in the struggle for a separate homeland. 

 “We have come here for our very old demand of Gorkhaland,” said Kismat Chettri, president of GJVM.

 Students from Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars parts of the state sporting T-shirts with “We Want Gorkhaland” inscribed on them, participated in the rally.

 “We are here, taking too much trouble because we all are deprived, that’s why we are here. We just want our right and justice,” said Neelima Chettri, a student of St. Joseph’s School, Darjeeling.

 The GJM, comprising about half a dozen parties, has been organising protests over the past few months in the Darjeeling Hills, over a demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.

 The West Bengal Government, however, has been resisting the demand.

The Gorkha population in West Bengal is around one million out of 80 million people, although the overwhelming majority is concentrated in Darjeeling. (ANI)

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Journalists take out rally in Gangtok

Gangtok (PTI): Journalists took out a rally in Sikkim’s state capital here to protest the attack on their colleagues by masked men leading to serious injuries to them.

The journalists took out the rally from the Press Club and marched through the Mahatma Gandhi Marg to the Manipal Hospital near Ranipool demanding strong action against the culprits.

The mediapersons wore black armbands and carried banners and hoardings condemning the attack and seeking an assurance from the state government that the right of expression of the media would be protected.

Seven journalists were attacked and injured on Friday when masked men wielding hammers and blunt objects barged into the office of the vernacular daily, ‘Hamro Prajashakti’.

The condition of three journalists, Bijoy Gurung (UNI), Shekhar Khabash (Himalayan Darpan) and D B Rai (Himalayan Mirror) was stated to be critical, hospital sources said.

All the three have sustained serious injuries on their head and arms, the sources said.

The other four journalists, associated with ‘Hamaro Prajashakti’ were released from the hospital during the day.

The journalists also submitted a memorandum to the Director General of Police (DGP) R M Raveendran and Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), range, Akshaya Sachdeva seeking immediate arrest of the culprits.

Police officials assured the journalists that the assailants would be arrested soon. (The Hindu)