Fast withdrawn

The Telegraph

The Morcha on Thursday lifted its indefinite hunger strike in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Gorubathan.

The withdrawal came on a day when the Centre asked the Bengal government to shift those on fast to hospitals. Fortunately for the Left Front government, the Morcha lifted the fast before anything was to be done.

Five Morcha members each had been on fast at the four places since Friday to demand a CBI probe into the Sibchu police firing. The party withdrew the hunger strike as the government couldn’t recommend the CBI probe after the model code of conduct had come into force with the declaration of polls.

Meanwhile, the GNLF today formed its Kurseong branch committee with Palden Lama as its president.

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