GJM party office set ablaze on 57th day of strike

10 Aug 2017

A GJM party office was set ablaze by unidentified masked men today in Chowkbazar area of the Darjeeling hills as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered its 57th day. No casualties were reported since the office was locked. This was the first time during the shutdown that a GJM party office has been attacked in the hills. The GJM leadership accused the police and the district administration of attacking their party office. The police denied the allegation. The incident happened early morning when the unidentified men threw petrol bombs at the party office.The entire office was gutted. "Police personnel in plain clothes wearing masks attacked our party office and set it on fire. We condemn such cowardly attack on our democratic movement," GJM leader Binay Tamang alleged. However, the police dismissed the allegations as baseless. "These are baseless allegations. This incident is a fallout of the inner party struggle that is going on in the GJM. We have reports that a section of GJM is not happy with the party's decision to continue with the shutdown," a senior police official said, when contacted. The police and security personnel have made special security arrangements in the hills and are keeping a tight vigil to avoid any untoward incident. (PTI)