Entry ban on Tamang – Youth outfit warns of ‘unrest’ if ABGL president returns to hills

The Telegraph

Darjeeling, Feb. 18: The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha today announced that it would not allow Madan Tamang to enter the hills for trying to derail the Gorkhaland movement being spearheaded by the unit’s mother organisation.

Alok Kant Mani Thulung, the president of the Yuva Morcha, said: “If he tries to enter the hills forcefully, there will be unrest in this part of the region. Madan Tamang and the state government will be responsible for it.”

Explaining the outfit’s logic on why it feels Tamang, whose party, the ABGL, is also in favour of a separate state, is against the movement, Thulung said: “He instructed his people to file a non-bailable case against our party president Bimal Gurung. This means he wants our leader to go into hiding.”

On February 15, a group of about 10 to 15 people had not only torched Tamang’s garage but had vandalised the ABGL office also. The ABGL has blamed the Morcha and a driver of the garage had lodged an FIR with the Jorebunglow police station in which eight central committee leaders including Gurung had been named. A non-bailable case under Section 436 (arson) was started following the FIR.

Tamang and the Morcha had never shared a cordial relation with the ABGL president alleging earlier that certain non-cooperation movements started by Gurung’s party were being withdrawn on the behest of the government.

The student wing had then demonstrated in front of Tamang’s house and had allegedly ransacked the ABGL office situated on Ladenla Road on New Year’s Day this year. Last week, Tamang had suggested that the Morcha should come back from Gorubathan and review its Dooars agitation. This had left the Morcha fuming.

Asked whether the move was in line with democracy, which the party claims it practices, Thulung said: “The youths have now decided to take care of people who are trying to derail the movement. Gorkhaland is the dream of the masses and a few individual cannot derail it.”

Tamang did not respond to repeated calls on his cell.


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