Section 144 in Kurseong

Statesman News Service

KURSEONG, Nov. 27 : Tension flared up in Kurseong today when opposing the GNLF sponsored bandh, a large group of women tried to force traders to open their shops. The act led to a friction between the bandh supporters, opposers and the administration.

To keep the situation under control the district administration imposed 144 of the CrPC in Kurseong town. “The situation warranted imposition of prohibitory orders. It would remain in force as long as required,” said the Kurseong SDO Mr Dibyendu Das. In a late development today, the GNLF declared that it was withdrawing the ongoing indefinite bandh from 6 a.m. tomorrow.
Hundreds of women, ostensibly Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha supporters all, came out in the streets opposing the GNLF sponsored ongoing bandh. The agitating women tried to force traders to open shops and other business establishments, which the police discouraged.

The situation took a turn for the worse when a police inspector tried to disperse the crowd at the Kurseong bus stand by wielding his baton. He struck several people including the reporter of The Statesman, who was at the spot to collect news, in the process and although the police official was cautioned by his colleagues he preferred to use the strongarm tactics.

The GNLF has in the meanwhile called off its indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills from 6 a.m. tomorrow. The bandh had been convened on 24 November following an attack on party leader Mr KB Gurung in Darjeeling. In Darjeeling, GNLF leader Mr AR Dewan today claimed that the district administration had initiated action against the GJMM as demanded by the GNLF. He also claimed that the police had issued an arrest warrant against the GJMM leader Mr Bimal Gurung. According to Mr Dewan, satisfied with the police action against the GJMM, the GNLF was withdrawing the strike. There is no official confirmation of Mr Dewan’s claim though. When asked if the police had issued arrest warrant against the GJMM chief, the Darjeeling Asp Mr Rajesh Yadav neither confirmed nor rejected Mr Dewan’s claim.

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