GTA Chief Bimal Gurung ‘Detained’ In Nepal

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Kathmandu: Bimal Gurung, who is wanted under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, murder, riot and arson, detained from Illam district of Nepal by joint team of STF (India) and interpol (Nepal).

In a recently-held close meeting with reporters, Bimal Gurung in Delhi, asked to sit in dialogue with chief minister Mamata Banerjee but refused to budge from the Gorkhaland statehood demand. The state government was yet to respond to his request for dialogue.

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Earlier Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supremo Bimal Gurung’s close associate and former Gorkha Territorial Administration vice-chairman Lobsang Lama was arrested by Kalimpong district police from Indo-Nepal international border at Khoribari in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

The Supreme Court earlier dismissed former GJM leader Bimal Gurung’s plea seeking protection from arrest in several cases lodged against him in West Bengal and for an independent probe into the alleged killings of Gorkhaland supporters in the state.

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan rejected the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s plea saying it was not a fit case for relief. “It cannot be said to be a case of individual persecution by the state,” the bench said while pronouncing the order.The GJM leader had claimed in the top court that he was being politically persecuted by the West Bengal government.

After SC verdict, in a video released from an undisclosed location, Gurung said in Nepali: “I am addressing my Gorkha brothers and sisters, who have patiently waited all these days. The SC verdict passed yesterday was disappointing. But I appeal to all not to lose heart. I respect the verdict given by the court. However, I want to state that all is not lost and this was not the last resort available to us. We still have other options and we are working on it. We should not lose our belief and confidence.”

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