GJMM whips up Lalgarh sentiment

MIDNAPORE, Feb 19 : Addressing a large Adivasi rally at Lalgarh in West Midnapore today, Mr Roshan Giri, general secretary of the Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha, asked tribals to continue their agitation under the banner of the Police Santras Birodhi Public Committee (PSBPC) against the CPI-M and police who had been jointly perpetrating torture on them while the state government stood as a mute witness.

The Morcha leader said they would extend support to tribals in south Bengal in their struggle for an all-round development and restoration of rights. The Morcha had observed a bandh in the Dooars protesting against the killing of three PSBPC activists by the CPI-M in Lalgarh earlier this month.

Mr Giri said the time has come for the tribals of south Bengal and Gorkhas in north Bengal to intensify their agitation against the government's anti-people policies.

Morcha publicity secretary Mr Binoy Tamang said their tax-boycott in the Dooars would continue in support of their demands.

If the government becomes vindictive, as hinted at by the chief secretary in Siliguri recently, by cutting off power supply to the hills, Gorkhas would shut down the Rammam project from where power is distributed to entire north India, Mr Tamang threatened.