Slain GJM men's families vow to carry on fight for Gorkhaland

Stone-pelters giving hard time to law-keepers
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DARJEELING
20 Jun 2017

Family members of those alleged to have been killed in clashes with police might have lost their sole bread winners, but they vowed to continue their fight for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
Family members of Sunil Rai (23), Mahesh Gurung (25) and Bimal Shashanker (28) alleged that the three were killed during clashes with police on Saturday. The police, however, confirmed the death of only one person but did not identify him nor gave the reason for his death. "Is it wrong to fight for your own right? Gorkhaland is our right and we will have it. His death will inspire other youths. We can starve but will continue our fight," Sunil's uncle, Aita Singh Thani told news agency PTI. Sunil, a driver by profession, is survived by his wife, a 10-month-old son and ailing parents. He used to live in Bijanbari area of Darjeeling.
Bimal Shashanker, a farmer, was killed while he was with other GJM activists during a protest on Saturday, said Ramesh, a relative of Bimal. "Everybody started to flee once the lathi charge started. Suddenly Bimal fell down. He was a close friend and is the sole bread winner of the family. His death inspires us to take forward our fight for Gorkhaland," Ramesh said. Bimal is survived by his eight-year-old son, wife and parents. Mahesh, who used to work in Rajasthan, had come home in Darjeeling for holidays, GJM sources said adding that he was a bachelor and is survived by his ailing parents. Since June 8, Darjeeling has witnessed violent clashes between GJM activists and police over the demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland.
Stones and bottles in hand, the highly motivated youths are giving a tough time to the security forces in keeping law and order in the restive Darjeeling hills. 18-year-old Pranab, a student of class XII, has become a regular stone-pelter since June 8 when the first stirring of disturbance appeared after the 'imposition' of Bengali language in schools. We want Gorkhaland. We want a separate state. It is a fight for our own identity and future. It is my right and I will have it, he asserted. He is one of thousands of youths who have come out in open support for Gorkhaland and have challenged the security forces when they were lathi-charged.
India is a democracy and in democracy everybody has the right to hold peaceful protest. How can someone stop us from organising protest? We did not resort to violence first, but if we are beaten up we will not sit idle. The police will be paid back in their own coin, a third year student, whose face was covered with a black cloth, told news agency PTI.