THE HIMALAYAN BEACON DARJEELING NEWS BUREAU
DARJEELING, 6 JANUARY 2018: Gorkha Rashtriya Congress (GRC) has strongly condemned the rejection of permission to hold public meeting to mark its 16th Foundation Day. Addressing the media, the spokesperson of GRC said that the party had submitted a request for holding a public meeting in Darjeeling to Officer-in-Charge (OC) Darjeeling Sadar Police Station. OC Sadar had given his no-objection and forwarded the same to the Deputy Superintendent of Police. However, when the party leadership went to meet the DSP, he said that the Superintendent of Police (SP) had raised objection to the said public meeting and the permission to hold the meeting had been withdrawn.
GRC spokesperson said that the rejection of the permission to hold a public meeting was a direct blow to the democratic tradition of the country and that the party strongly condemns it. He said that in a democracy everyone had the right to express their views. He said that the public meeting was slated to be held on the 7th of January. He said that since the party had received the permission to hold the meeting earlier, the party had made arrangements for the same but suddenly, the party leadership was intimated by the police that they could not hold the meeting due to administrative reasons. He said that since the main agenda of the party is Darjeeling-Sikkim merger the party had invited a number of speakers from Sikkim. The party had also obtained permission to hold meeting from Darjeeling Municipality.
When asked as to whether the party leaders met the Superintendent of Police (SP) and asked about the reason behind the rejection of the permission to hold the meeting, the spokesperson said that they had met the SP and inquired about the same. He added that the SP had said that he feared that the meeting would lead a rise to complication in the law and order situation.