GJM-sponsored indefinite hunger strike enters second day

United News of India

Siliguri, February 25, 2011

The indefinite hunger strike launched by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in the three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling district and plans entered the second day today.

The GJM, which is seeking a separate Gorkhaland state, is demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the February 8 police firing in Sibchu, which claimed three lives.

GJM Press and Publicity Secretary Harka Bahadur Chettri said,"Our main demand is to fix the territory for the separate state and it should include Terai and Dooars."

The hill outfit had also blocked tea export from Darjeeling hills from today.

GJM vice-president Kalyan Dewan alleged that security personnel had forcefully taken two of the hunger strikers to hospital for force-feeding.

The blockade was aimed at affecting the resources of West Bengal as the government earns a huge revenue from tea exports every year.

No untoward incident has been reported so far, Arindam Sarkar, SDPO, Malbazaar said.

The GJM activists had resumed their indefinite hunger strike at five places a day after a prolonged bandh was called off to allow students to take the class 10 board exams from February 23.

Another GJM group is slated to move to New Delhi to sit for a relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar from February 27.