BREAKING NEWS: “Some Agencies had planned to eliminate Bimal Gurung in an encounter” S. S. Ahluwalia
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THE HIMALAYAN BEACON SILIGURI NEWS BUREAU
SILIGURI, 17 FEBRUAY 2018: S. S. Ahluwalia Union Minister for State for Drinking Water and Member of Parliament from Darjeeling Constituency has said that some agencies had planned to eliminate Bimal Gurung in an encounter in 2017 during the Gorkhaland Agitation. Ahluwalia said speaking in the sidelines of inauguration of Passport Centre in Siliguri today. He said that there were strong evidence that some agencies had planned to eliminate Bimal Gurung in an encounter in 2017. He said that he would do everything he could do to protect Bimal Gurung from being eliminated in an encounter. He said, “I am against any repressive measures by the state government against the (Gorkhaland) agitators. Bimal Gurung’s party is our ally and I have information that some agencies planned to eliminate him in an encounter. Being a democratic person, I feel it is my responsibility to protect any person from being killed without judicial pronouncement. I will not let him die.”
In a reply to Binay Tamang’s poser for resignation, Ahluwalia said that it was not due to Tamang that he had won in the Hills. He said that he had won due to the support of the people of the entire constituency. He rejected Binay-Anit faction of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). He said that the Bimal Gurung led GJM was the true GJM and the ally of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Ahluwalia said, “BJP leaders and workers are being attacked at several places across Bengal. I will visit the hills after the budget session to open a passport centre at the Darjeeling post office,” said Ahluwalia.
According to political observers in the Hills, the BJP will continue to support Gurung faction of BJP and it may not be long before the party would seek to re-establish Gurung in the Hills as a strong ally of the party. However, if that happens, the situation in the hills could once again turn volatile.