Morcha occupies GNLF house

The Telegraph

Kalimpong, Aug. 26: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha members today occupied the first floor of the four-storied building owned by former GNLF councillor Roshan Rai.

The Morcha’s partial takeover of the property comes a day after a poster asking Rai and his family to leave the hills was seen pasted on the building located at Lower Gumbahatta here.

Signed by “Aam janta of Ward 5”, the poster had also said the undersigned should not be held responsible if any untoward incident happened (to Rai and his family) in future.

Morcha’s Sangsey unit secretary Baroot Thapa has said the party activists from the DGHC constituency, which Rai had represented, were behind the takeover operation.

The villages falling under the constituency are Sangsey, Munsong and Kashyong.

“We will convert the floor into our party office. People from our constituency will be allowed to stay there when they come to Kalimpong for work,” said Thapa.

The Morcha leader said his party would allow Rai’s family to use the two upper floors of the building according to the directive of the party president, Bimal Gurung.

“Rai’s family should in no way feel threatened by our presence in the building. Rather, it will enhance their security,” said Thapa.

Barring Rai, all other members of his family are believed to have been present in the building at the time of the takeover.

Despite repeated requests, none of them was willing to meet the media. Rai, whose whereabouts are not known could not be contacted on his mobile phone.

This is the second property that the Morcha has taken over in the recent past.

Last week, its activists had taken over the entire residential complex of the GNLF’s Kalimpong unit president, Dawa Pakhrin.

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