GNLF lodges complaint against Bimal Gurung's son

20 May 2017

The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) has lodged a police against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung’s son for creating trouble in ward 25 of Darjeeling municipality on Friday night.
Acting on the complaint, police have started a case against Avinash Gurung, the GJM president’s son and four others under bailable sections 341, 506, 509 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Police said, Deepak Chhetri of the GNLF party of the same ward had filed the FIR. Chhetri had also contested the recently concluded civic election on GNLF ticket and lost. “We have received a complaint against Avinash and four others alleging that they had torn off GNLF posters and flags in ward 25 in a drunken state. We have started a case and investigating the matter,” said a senior police official not wishing to be named.
In his complaint Chhetri alleged that Avinash and four others were in a drunken state and had gone around tearing the GNLF party’s posters and flags in ward 25 just below the main market area of the town.
“On Friday night at around 10 pm, Avinash and his friends were seen tearing off posters and flags belonging to our party. All of them were fully drunk and did not heed our request to stop. This is unacceptable in democracy. We want our village to be peaceful. Police must take immediate action,” Chhetri said after filing the police complaint, today.
Mann Ghisingh, the GNLF president and senior party leaders visited ward 25 today to take stock of the situation. “Our party believes in maintaining peace and order. But the situation in the hills is volatile after the civic election. Such incidents have the potential to create a chain reaction which will not auger well. We demand that police take strict measures to arrest the culprits,” he said.
The GJM president’s son could not be contacted for his comment and party leaders refused to come on record saying they were unaware of the incident.
Sunita Tamang, resident of the ward and Avinash’s mother-in-law said allegation against her son-in-law was false. “My son-in-law respects everyone in our village. Maybe he is being targeted because of his family background. The GNLF wants to create unrest. They are shouting slogans at night and even gheraoed my house. Police should take the matter seriously and take necessary action to ensure peace is maintained,” she said.
Sagar Tamang, the GJM councilor of ward 25 however said the GNLF allegations were false and fabricated to defame the party. He counter alleged that the GNLF was trying to create panic and disrupt peace because of frustration on losing the civic elections. “The allegations are baseless and with intention to malign our party. Maybe they are frustrated on not winning even in a single civic ward. We don’t believe in disrespecting the flags of other political parties,” he said.
Tamang was of the opinion that the GNLF was trying to politicize the issue. “What is the purpose of bringing top most leaders of the party (GNLF) to the ward? Even if the incident happened then these are issues of village level which can easily be sorted out. However the GNLF intention is to politicize the issue to create unrest,” the ward councilor alleged. (EOIC)