Emotional return for NDFB leaders

Emotional return for NDFB leaders

Celebrations over the new Bodo accord continued in different parts of the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) in Assam, but a senior NDFB leader hinted that the demand for a separate Bodoland may be revived if the pact is not implemented in letter and spirit and in a time-bound manner.

The Centre and the Assam government on Monday signed an historic accord with Bodo stakeholders, christening the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) as Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). The government claimed Assam’s territorial integrity would remain intact.

A mass welcome ceremony was held for the signatories of the pact on Wednesday at Jharbari village in Kokrajhar district along the Indo-Bhutan border.

Men, women and youth of Bodo community performed the traditional Bagurumba dance and raised slogans in support of signatories.

The ceremony was attended by over six thousand and graced by NDFB (S) leaders, Chairman B. Saoraigwra, general secretary B.R. Ferenga, vice-president G. Bidai and social welfare secretary M. Batha were present.

Family members of the NDFB leaders also attended the event and turned emotional after meeting their kin after such a long absence.

Saoraigwra expressed sincere gratitude to the government and Kokrajhar-based rights group North East Heritage Foundation, whose director Prithvi Raj Mech and general secretary Thulunga Basumatary acted as mediators between the government and the organisation.

Ferenga said, “We are satisfied with the pact but if the government doesn’t implement the clauses positively, we will be compelled to launch another democratic movement in future for Bodoland.” He reiterated that the signatories of the pact must implement all the clauses.

An elated BTC chief, Hagrama Mohilary, interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of the event said, “The historic Bodo pact is not only for the welfare of Bodos but meant for the development and welfare of the various communities residing in the BTC region.”

He said it was “unfortunate” that the All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu), which had been spearheading the movement for a separate Bodoland state, had agreed to sign the pact by giving up the demand for Bodoland.

Another mass gathering will be organised in the BTAD headquarters of Kokrajhar on February 7.

It is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.

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Why exclude Muslims: BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose

Chandra Kumar Bose, a Bengal BJP vice-president, on Tuesday, questioned the exclusion of Muslims from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, a day after party working president Jagat Prakash Nadda led a march in Calcutta to congratulate Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for the law.

“If #CAA2019 is not related to any religion why are we stating — Hindu, Sikh, Boudha, Christians, Parsis & Jains only! Why not include #Muslims as well? Let’s be transparent,” Bose tweeted.

He said in another tweet: “Don’t equate India or compare it with any other nation — as it’s a nation open to all religions and communities.”

“If Muslims are not being persecuted in their home country they would not come, so there’s no harm in including them. However, this is not entirely true — what about Baluch who lives in Pakistan & Afghanistan? What about Ahwadiyya in Pakistan?” Bose wrote.

Arguing in favor of his tweets, Bose said: “I have just suggested modification so that the entire nation supports it (the CAA).”

BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said: “I am not interested in his tweets. Better ask him.”

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Not Hindu vs Muslim, But Anti-Poor and Anti-Indian: Kejriwal Looks to Realign Anti-CAA Messaging

Three days after police action in Jamia Millia Islamia galvanized opposition nationwide to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal came out in strong defense of the students as he condemned the violence in the university campus.

“It’s not possible that students could set the buses on fire,” he told News18 on Wednesday. Pointing at “vested interests” behind the violence, Kejriwal called for an investigation into the incident and stringent action against the guilty. “People are unhappy, people are hitting the streets, is anyone provoking students across thirty-three universities?” he questioned.

For the first time since the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act, which Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had opposed in the Parliament, the chief minister spoke extensively and unambiguously against the law.

“My suggestion to the central government is that this is a very dirty law, I don’t know why it was enacted. The entire country is on fire, let them withdraw the law and call a meeting of all the chief ministers to thrash out ways to provide jobs, tackle price rise, fight economic slowdown, re-start factories that have shut down – let the focus be on that.”

Trying to steer away from the debate from just the Hindu-Muslim, Kejriwal said if an all-India NRC (National Register of Citizens) exercise is held, it would be the poor who would stand to lose the most, as he pointed out was the case with another Modi government scheme: demonetization.

“I heard a statement by Amit Shah yesterday in a channel — that those who will not have documents, whether that person is a Hindu or Muslim, will be thrown out…in this country 70% of people do not have documents. The poor do not have documents. And the rich will get their documents made after paying a hefty price,” he said.

Combining the CAA and the NRC in one narrative, the Delhi CM said while the government wants to give documents to non-Muslim immigrants from neighboring countries and make them citizens, it wants to do the opposite to Indians – ask them to get documents verified or be thrown out of the country.

“Those who come from there (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan) will not have documents. So who will provide them with documents? The Government of India. In our country, when the NRC exercise happens, what will happen to those who do not have documents? Will they be thrown out of the country?”

Criticizing BJP’s argument in the citizenship debate, Kejriwal argued, “In Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan there are nearly three crore non-Muslims. Even if half of them come to our country, who will give them jobs? Where will they be settled? How will housing be provided for them? Will you settle them in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Assam or Tripura? Today, our children are not able to get jobs. Our aim should be to provide them jobs and we are worried about giving jobs to Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and Afghanistanis.”

Highlighting the economic slowdown in the country, Kejriwal questioned the timing of the law. “Today, the price of onions has reached Rs 200, the price of potatoes is steadily rising, price rise taking a huge toll, the economy is in a dire state, all factories are shutting down. Was the CAA the only issue? What was the need to set the country on fire? Our students are being rained with lathis, girls are being beaten up inside their hostels, students from thirty-three universities are on the roads”.

The chief minister, who commonly uses terms like ‘aam aadmi’ (common people) and ‘Janata’ (public), on Wednesday used the term ‘naik’, signaling the importance of the citizenship for the people.

Recalling his own days as a student in IIT between 1985 and 1989, the chief minister wondered if he could have been able to afford the education had it not been for the monthly fees of Rs 32 and scholarships. “I want to tell all governments that education budgets should not be slashed,” he said in support of the JNU protests against the fee hike.

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Shove thy neighbor: Muslims find it difficult to rent houses in Calcutta

Towards the end of November this year, a solidarity festival was organised on the streets of Mominpur in southwest Calcutta. Called Calcutta 23: Celebrating Diversity, the two-day festival constituted talks and panel discussions and also a walk through the lanes and bylanes of Mominpur. Says Sabir Ahamed, who is the organiser of the Know Your Neighbour walk and a research scholar with the NGO, Pratichi Trust, “We visited old institutions of the area such as St. Stephen’s Church, St. Thomas’ School, Mahalaxmi Temple, St. Barnabas’ Church, Sola Ana Masjid, Shahani Begum Masjid…”

Mominpur is perceived as a Muslim-only neighbourhood. The point of the heritage walk was to underline a more nuanced reality. Says Ahamed, “Mominpur is adjacent to the dockyard and witnessed the advent of Germans in the early 19th century. Today, people from other states work in the German bakeries that endure. We have people speaking at least seven different languages here.”

The larger point of the festival was to facilitate peaceful co-existence, according to Ahamed. He adds, “In the present times, the National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship Amendment Bill are the priority for the Government of India, and the dominating discourse is Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat, Akhand Bharat, One Bharat, everything is one. But we are focusing on the diversity of India, as that is the core principle of Indian democracy.”

Ahamed’s solidarity walk is no standalone initiative. Last July, a citizens’ group, Sanhati Abhijan – Campaign for People’s Unity, came forward when four Muslim doctors were heckled by residents of an apartment building in south Calcutta’s Kudghat area, where they were staying.

At the time of the incident, The Telegraph spoke to one of the doctors, Aftab Alam, who had to say that a Brahmin neighbour was the first to object. Said Dr Alam, “Initially, he had a problem with the fact that we were all bachelors. It was only later that he made religion the issue. In fact, he demanded that even friends who came visiting us had to show their identity cards to the security personnel at the gate. The next thing we knew, other residents had joined the clamour.” He adds, “They did not use the ‘T’ word but the rallying point became — ‘Who will be responsible if some untoward incident takes place?’”

It was when Dr Alam wrote a Facebook post on the incident that the matter made headlines. This was also how the incident came to the notice of Sanhati Abhijan, which had been working to resolve such issues in the city.

A little more than a year since the incident, Dr Alam has shifted to a hostel, and the other three — Mojtaba Hassan, Nasir Shaikh and Sawkat Shaikh — have left the city. Dr Alam says he has not faced such an incident again, and seems prepared to offer benefit of doubt over the conditions in which he had to move out. “Even at that time our landlord had no problem with us; he was supportive. It was possibly a stray incident,” he adds.

Kasturi Basu, who is one of the founding members of Sanhati Abhijan, does not quite agree with Dr Alam on this. She says, “In the last two years, we have come across instances wherein Muslim tenants were harassed, either by landlords or neighbours.”

The first case Basu was alerted about was from Kalikapur in south Calcutta. Some Muslim students had been forced to vacate their accommodation after people of the locality raised objections. By the time Sanhati Abhijan could swing into action, the students had already moved out.

Not many in the neighbourhood were forthcoming with the details. Says Basu, “We tried to trace them, but we couldn’t. And that is when we decided to form Sanhati Abhijan.” Its foregrounded purpose is to “carry out a socio-cultural campaign in West Bengal against communal polarisation and towards building people’s unity”. Co-founder Deborshi Chakraborty talks about a Facebook group, “Open A Door”, which they launched soon after to help potential tenants.

Sanhati Abhijan’s first meeting was held in Jadavpur. “At least 10 people — landlords and tenants — narrated their experiences,” says Basu. Sayantani Khan (a Hindu) narrated how once a Hindu tenant refused to share his room with a Muslim student. “At first I tried to counsel him and when he didn’t relent, I asked him to leave. Thankfully, the matter was solved amicably,” she said.

But not every situation lent itself to a peaceable ending. Anindya Roy Ahmed’s mother is Hindu and father, Muslim. He had rented an apartment in Jadavpur in south Calcutta. He says, “By the time the owner of the apartment realised that I am Muslim, I had already paid the advance. She did not let me move in and returned the money, which she put in a nylon bag strung on a rope and lowered from the top floor. She didn’t even want to come near me.” Says Basu, “Some think single Muslim men are a ‘double jeopardy’. But Muslim women also experience this problem.”

Sanhati Abhijan tries to help by engaging and interacting with people in neighbourhoods from which such problems have been reported. Says Basu, “In case of the doctors of Kudghat, we avoided going to the police. Instead we went to the local Puja committee, the local club offices and spoke about what was happening.” These clubs and Puja committee then went with them to the apartment building and spoke to the residents. Dr Alam says, “Yes, after that people did not harass us. A lot of people would come for medical consultation instead.”

The responses of the political parties are typical. The CPI(M)’s state spokesperson, Sujan Chakraborty, says, “It is really embarrassing and also dangerous to see what Calcutta is becoming. During the three decades of Communist rule in Bengal, Muslims felt safe to stay here just like all other communities. It is a shame that people are now enquiring after a prospective tenant’s faith.” Ahmed Hassan Imran, the Trinamul’s Rajya Sabha MP, says, “People are provoking communities to fight against each other.”

Mohammad Reyaz, who heads the department of journalism and mass communication at Aliah University, talks about the rent issue and correlates it with the tendency towards ghettoisation. He says, “Before Partition, the cityscape was divided on the basis of class and not faith. Then there was a shift towards ghettoisation. [Rajabazar, Kidderpore, Park Circus, Metiabruz are some of the Muslim-dominated areas of the city.] Muslims who are educated, have studied in universities, do not want to live in ghettoes any more. But they have no choice, as Hindus do not want to let out their houses to them.”

Kumar Rana who works with the Pratichi Trust says, “One community staying together, that is not the definition of a ghetto. It is only when a community is forced to stay in a particular area that it becomes a ghetto.” Rana talks about two settlements in Boston, US. “One called Dorechester, which is a Black settlement. The Blacks are living in a ghetto. In another settlement, the North End, Italian migrants began arriving more than a century ago and stayed on. Today, the place has merged with greater Boston while keeping its Italian demography intact… This merger has not happened in Calcutta.”

Pratichi’s Sabir Ahamed says, “Mominpur has got typecast as a Muslim area. An area peopled by beef eaters. People who hoist the Pakistani flag when India loses to Pakistan in a cricket match. Banks refuse to advance loans even when all paperwork is in order just because the pincode is Calcutta 23.”

And yet in Mominpur, Muslims head the local Puja committees. Reyaz says, “People associate Kidderpore with Muslims. But how many are aware that there is a temple here, almost 270 years old, as old as this city.”

Nazmul Haq, who has a PhD in geography, was at the time a fellow at the Centre for Social Sciences in Patuli in south Calcutta. When he started to look for a place to take on rent in Patuli, two of the owners refused him outright citing his Muslim name. His third stop was a housing society.

Rana, who narrates Haq’s experience says, “Talks were finalised but as he was moving in, the broker called to say the residents of the housing society did not want a Muslim neighbour.” He talks about a Muslim schoolteacher from Birbhum who tried to buy a plot in Santiniketan but couldn’t. In the geography shaped by Tagore’s vision and ideology, no one was willing to sell a plot of land to a Muslim.

Reyaz is of the opinion that the exhibition of bias might be new but not the bias itself. He says, “One good thing is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought people’s biases out of the closet. Now, people are proud to be biased. Earlier, they would attempt to string together an excuse, pretend to be liberal, now there is no need for that cover.”

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In Bengal, Muslims set parameters

Thousands of Muslims in different parts of Bengal hit the streets after Friday prayers to protest the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and demand its withdrawal, mirroring the deep-rooted insecurity among the minority community that makes up around 28 per cent of the state’s population with the new law.

There were some stray instances — at Beldanga in Murshidabad, Arambag in Hooghly and Uluberia in Howrah — of violence, but those helming the protests have declared in no uncertain terms that the movement will be peaceful and inclusive and won’t deviate from the country’s secular principles.

The BJP was quick to blame “infiltrators”, the segment the party wants to uproot through legislation like the NRC, for the instances of violence.

State government sources said the protests were largely peaceful, culminating mostly in sit-ins on main thoroughfares that caused minor disruptions to traffic and that the situation was under control.

“These protests are spontaneous, but I have requested them not to cause hardship to people as the people are the backbone of any form of protest,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is planning movements from Monday against the “twin blows of NRC-CAB (as the bill was known before it was signed into law)”.

The protests on the roads that started in the afternoon took the form of small meetings and street-corner gatherings in Muslim-dominated areas as community leaders began drawing up plans on how to take the movement forward and get larger sections of the society to endorse their demands.

The community leaders who spearheaded the protests made it amply clear that they wanted its character to be inclusive as the message from the venues was essentially secular. The speakers iterated their faith in the Constitution and requesting all other communities to join the protests.

Chants of “Hindustan zindabad” were heard at many of the venues, where participants carried the Tricolour.

“Our Muslim community feels dejected with the passage of the bill at a time they are already worried about the possible repercussions of a rollout of an NRC exercise in Bengal. But it is also true that the community knows that the protest will have legitimacy if they keep it non-violent and secular,” said Imtiaz Molla, the convenor of the Joint Forum Against NRC, a fledgling rights group.

Reports from Calcutta and the districts suggested that the protests on Friday were largely apolitical and the gatherings after the Friday prayers were organised by different minority organisations such as the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and local outfits of imams and muezzins.

Several Muslim leaders this newspaper spoke to said they had specified at the planning stage itself that the protests would be non-violent and the speakers would uphold the secular tradition of India.

At a rally organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in Calcutta, representatives of other communities were also seen marching from the Tipu Sultan mosque to the Gandhi statue at Maidan. The other two prominent gatherings in the city were at Park Circus and Belgachhia.

At Belgachhia, Alhaj Maulana Mohammad Moinuddin Qasmi, one of the speakers, reminded the audience of the secular fabric of the country. Another speaker, Haji Wasim Khan, spoke about the sacrifices made by Muslims during the country’s freedom struggle.

“If the protests become only a Muslim affair, that will help the BJP-RSS, which wants to divide the country along religious lines,” said Hasnain Imam, a schoolteacher in Calcutta.

According to him, ordinary Muslims have been joining the protests out of a deep sense of fear.

“Someone just wrote a Facebook post yesterday evening asking people to congregate at 7pm at Park Circus, and within no time at least 1,000 people gathered, cutting across political lines. This happens when there is fear,” Imam said.

Mamata has been trying to allay the fears since the BJP upped its NRC rhetoric with the pledge to enforce it across the country to identify and drive out “infiltrators”. 

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GTA Chairman Anit Thapa to form advisory board for GTA



Darjeeling: Anit Thapa, the recently delegated administering Chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), will set up a warning board of trustees to help run the Hill body.

By chance, with Binoy Tamang’s abdication being acknowledged, Thapa was selected the administering administrator of the GTA on April 25.

Tamang put in his papers as he is challenging the Darjeeling Assembly By-surveys. “After races when my office turns out to be completely operational I will establish a warning board of trustees involving specialists and resigned civil servants. This board of trustees will enable me to run the GTA viably. When we assume up a liability we need to satisfy it viably,” expressed Thapa.

Thapa is additionally collaborating with the Hill common society, looking for recommendations to reestablish the lost wonder of the Hills.

“Previously, pioneers have been playing with the feelings of the general population. It has dependably been legislative issues of feeling. We have to change to the real world and guarantee the advancement of this spot,” expressed Thapa.

In the past additionally Hill masses have been tricked by pioneers. “The pioneers dependably made a separation between the Hills and the state government raising enemy of state trademarks while the pioneers on the calm were working with the state government, receiving rich rewards,” said Thapa.

He expressed that such false reverence expected to end. “One needs to work as one with the state government. There are numerous issues that can’t be settled at the GTA level and needs mediation with of the legislature. Legislative issues of restricting just does not yield organic product,” said Thapa.

Thapa affirmed that Bimal Gurung’s unsettling in 2007 was simply to pursue Subash Ghising and the GNLF out of the Hills and catch control. “Utilizing Gorkhaland as a front he removed Ghising and the GNLF caught the seat. After this over and over he propelled disturbances which were utilized as devices to coerce and deal with the state government. The fomentations dependably met with unexpected finishes with no outcomes. While individuals endured he just bartered extraordinary arrangements for himself. This brand of governmental issues needs to finish in the Hills,” Thapa said.

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Risheehat Tea Estate to restart from today


Darjeeling: Following the gathering between the administration and worker’s guilds assembled by the Assistant Labor Commissioner in Darjeeling, it was chosen to revive the Risheehat Tea Estate from Thursday. The gathering settled that wages will be cleared on March 28 and overdue debts will be paid on March 30.

“The specialists likewise need to guarantee that there is harmony in the greenery enclosures and that the administration does not feel unreliable,” expressed Balam Tamang, president, Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labor Union (DTDPLU-subsidiary to the GJM).

The administration of Risheehat Tea Estate close Darjeeling town had pronounced a suspension of work on March 19. The suspension of work went ahead the impact points of Himalayan Plantation Labor Union (HPWU-partnered to the GNLF) halting the culling of first flush tea leaves over non-installment of unpaid debts. “The choice was taken to diminish the hardship of the specialists, to their greatest advantage,” expressed Sandeep Mukherjee, chief guide, Darjeeling Tea Association. The patio nursery, arranged 15km from Darjeeling, has a workforce of more than 1,100. In another improvement, the Kanchenview Tea Estate in Darjeeling has been shut down. Mukherjee asserted that the lockout is attributable to mechanical agitation.

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GNLF Party HPW’ Union President J B Tamang arrested


Siliguri: JB Tamang, president, Himalayan Plantation Workers’ Union (HPWU-subsidiary to the GNLF) was captured on Sunday morning and was discharged on safeguard by a Siliguri court later amid the day. As he was leaving the court premises, he was rearrested in an alternate case.

57-year-old Tamang has been charged under Sections 341 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code, with Section 8A of the National Highway Act on the off chance that number 120/18 dated 7.8.2018 under the Naxalbari police headquarters.

The chargesheet was displayed in court on March 20 and the court had issued a warrant in his name on March 22. On August 7, 2018, Tamang had participated in a walk to Uttar Kanya (the smaller than expected secretariat at the Jalpaiguri region). Barricades had been setup at Hatighisa under the Naxalbari police headquarters.

He was captured in the pre-sunrise times of Sunday by Jorebungalow police. GNLF pioneers accumulated before the police headquarters to challenge.

“We eagerly challenge this. We will likewise court capture in dissent,” expressed Ajoy Edward, part, directing board of trustees, GNLF. Tamang was taken to the ACJM Court in Siliguri.

“The police has just documented a chargesheet for this situation. The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Siliguri has allowed J B Tamang safeguard. The following date of hearing has been fixed on April 8, 2019,” expressed Sushanta Neogi, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Siliguri.

When Tamang ventured out, he was rearrested regarding a Mirik police headquarters case, under areas 143/341/186/353/506/34 and 120(b) of the Indian Penal Code, alongside segments of different Acts. He will be created at the ACJM Court, Kurseong on Monday.

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Absence of BJP MPs to be survey plank for TMC-GJM alliance


Darjeeling: The focal point of the TMC-GJM battle in the Darjeeling Hills will be the nonappearance of BJP MPs from the voting public. The main joint laborers’ meet in Darjeeling on Tuesday saw pioneers of both the gatherings naming the BJP MPs as “traveler” MPs.

“In 2009, BJP heavyweight Jaswant Singh won from the Darjeeling supporters. Again in 2014, BJP hopeful S Ahluwalia won from Darjeeling body electorate. Anyway in the wake of winning they barely came back to their electorates. Notwithstanding when the Hills were saturated with political turmoil in 2017, Ahluwalia wanted to avoid the spot. He didn’t express a solitary expression of compassion. For what reason did this occur? Presently he has named us as outsiders,” answered Binay Tamang, president, GJM.

Testing Ahluwalia, Tamang gave a clarion call to the Hill individuals to guarantee BJP’s annihilation. “It is compensation time now. This will reflect in the tally. We will guarantee that if Ahluwalia challenges from this supporters, his store gets relinquished,” expressed Tamang.

Tamang expressed that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has guaranteed harmony and advancement in the Hills. “She has likewise guaranteed in broad daylight to address the character emergency issue of the Gorkhas,” Tamang included. He said that Banerjee will address a mammoth TMC-GJM rally at the Darjeeling Motor Stand on April 10.

Then Aroop Biswas, the TMC onlooker for Darjeeling, asserted that BJP pioneers have been always duping the Hills. “Indeed, even Prime Minister Modi had said that the fantasies of Gorkhas are his fantasies, in the race battle for Ahluwalia. Where did Modi vanish? Did he at any point come to Darjeeling to discover how the Gorkhas are getting along? In the case of all is well with the Gorkhas?” addressed Biswas.

He said that despite what might be expected, Modi’s legislature has been sitting over a proposal given by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on February 28, 2014, for the consideration of 11 Gorkha people group in the Scheduled Tribe list.

Biswas expressed that the TMC-GJM collusion will win from the Darjeeling supporters, attributable to the improvement work they have been doing. “In the Hills, the GTA and districts have done incredible work. They have guaranteed harmony and improvement,” said Biswas.

The TMC-GJM competitor from the body electorate Amar Rai stated: “We have done what’s necessary governmental issues with feelings and assessments. What have we picked up? It is time we enjoyed legislative issues with our heads and not simply our hearts. We need to resuscitate the past greatness of Darjeeling.”

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Rs 54L seized, 4 held close Indo-Bhutan border


Alipurduar: With the races proclaimed, security powers and the locale decision workplaces have ventured up vigil. The Flying Squad of Alipurduar region has caught more than Rs 54 lakh from the Jaigaon region circumscribing Bhutan. Four people have been captured in this association.

In view of explicit data, the Flying Squad group caught Rs 54,87,800 from four people from the Jaigaon zone of the Indo-Bhutan verge on Sunday night.

The four captured people, recognized as Sujit Kumar Mishra, Santosh Nag, Ranjit Kumar and Subal Sah, are for the most part inhabitants of Jaigaon. They were discovered going with the money hid in dark polythene packs. “We have begun an examination,” expressed Kuntal Banerjee, ASP, Jaigaon.

According to regulatory sources, the whole seizure method has been videographed by the Flying Squad group and the police. The video has been sent to the District Nodal Officer, Income Tax for important activity. The caught sum has been saved in fixed covers in the twofold locker solid room of the Alipurduar Treasury, according to the standards. “We are attempting to discover with respect to why the four people were conveying such a huge entirety,” expressed Shubhankar Das, District Election Officer and DM, Alipurduar.

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