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Arrest warrant issued against GJM chief Bimal Gurung, 7 others

Authorities probing role of accused in triggering violence, arson in Darjeeling

Press Trust of India  |  Darjeeling 

Bimal Gurung
Bimal Gurung, leader of the Morcha and chief executive of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), which has the partial autonomy to run Darjeeling's administration, led the protest.

An arrest warrant was on Wednesday issued against absconding chief and seven others for their alleged involvement in the arson and violence reported from on June 8.

"The arrest warrant was issued by the chief judicial magistrate (CJM), on a prayer by the CID. The warrant has been issued against and seven others for their involvement in the arson and violence that took place outside the Bhanu Bhawan in on June 8," Ajoy Prasad, Special Superintendent, CID, told PTI.

The others against whom the warrant was issued were general secretary Roshan Giri, Yuva Morcha president Prakash Gurung, Amrit Yonzon, Ashok Chhetri, D K Pradhan, Tilak Roka and Asha Gurung, the Mahila Morcha chief and wife of

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) is spearheading the agitation, which has been going on for over two-and-a-half months in the hills over the demand for a separate state of

Last week, the police had issued a lookout notice against Gurung for his alleged involvement in various cases, including a bomb blast at the Kalimpong police station, in which a civic volunteer was killed.

On June 8, supporters had indulged in violence and arson while attempting to march to the Raj Bhavan in town, which was hosting a cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister for the first time.

The Army was deployed after the protesters damaged police vehicles and set some of them ablaze, prompting the men in uniform to fire teargas shells and lathi charge the violent supporters, who were opposing the "imposition" of Bengali in the schools of the hills.

First Published: Wed, September 06 2017. 22:24 IST