DARJEELING, 8 NOVEMBER 2017: Bimal Gurung, the Chief of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) who is presently in hiding has alleged that all kinds of arson and violence that shook the hills during the 104 days of strike this year and days before it were committed under the direct supervision of Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa with the active support of the state government. In a press release made through WhatsApp, Gurung states “I am now convinced that all the riots, arson and violence that had engulfed our hills from June 8th, 2016 till date were perpetrated under the supervision of none other than Binay Tamang, Anit Thapa and their henchmen directly in collusion with the Bengal government.”
Bimal Gurung has also alleged that the state government was hunting down the people who stood for Gorkhaland while supporting those who merely wanted to sit on the administrative chair. He said that Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa among others had a number of cases slapped on them but instead of being hunted by the police like he himself is being at present, the police is escorting him and giving him high level security though both Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa are not even elected representatives of the people.
The press release made through WhatsApp and released by Roshan Giri has however, left many wandering as to whether the once strongman of Darjeeling Hills was fast losing grip over his hold on the affairs of the hills and whether he could muster enough support from the populace to make a return. Many political analysts also believe we might have seen the last of the audio and video releases that Gurung used to make to remain in touch with the supports. However, with the police homing in the source of one of such messages and raiding the Tukvar – Barnesbeg Area, it is seemingly becoming impossible for the GJM chief to even communicate with the people. At a time when people are pledging their support to Binay-Anit faction in large numbers this could be very discouraging of Bimal Gurung.