Total ban on local T.V. channels unconstitutional in Darjeeling Hills – Political Observers
12 months ago Chandan Thapa 3
Darjeeling, 9th June: A serious confrontation took place between the Gorkha Jana Mukti supporters and Police in front of Bhanu Bhawan, Darjeeling on the 8th of June which led to a situation of chaos and terror in Darjeeling. The compulsory imposition of Bengali language in the school all over state earlier announced by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee led to resentment among people of Darjeeling. GJM president Bimal Gurung has announced a 12 hour strike condemning the excessive use of force by law enforcement authority against GJM cadres who were on dharna. GJM has demanded a gazette notification exempting Darjeeling hills from pursuing Bengali language as a compulsory subject.
The Cabinet meeting which started at 2.00 p.m. yesterday after which a vigorous clash between the GJM supporters and the police force took place. As the situation worsened the local administration had decided to put a strict ban on the local T.V. channels to avoid the confrontation and the worsening of the law and order situation. Political observers believe that Media which is the fourth pillar of democracy and ban on the same must be considered as an unconstitutional move of the government which could seriously thwart the freedom of expression on the hills.
Chandan Thapa, the Darjeeling News Desk Bureau Chief of ‘The Himalayan Beacon’ is a veteran journalist and TV Personality. He is also a prolific writer. His book, a collection of short stories, is schedule to be released this year.