GJM chief Bimal Gurung warns caders who extorts in the Name of GJM

GJM president Bimal Gurung on Thursday asked traders to lodge police complaints against party cadres extorting money in the Morcha’s name and said any person found engaged in such activities would be summarily expelled. Members of the Kalimpong Chamber of Commerce today met Gurung in the party’s Patleybas office in Darjeeling and apprised him about ongoing extortions and threats.
GJM chief Bimal Gurung
GJM chief Bimal Gurung
“We will take strict action and expel party cadres found guilty of extorting money from the trading and minority communities,” said the GJM chief. “Let me make it clear that there is no place for anyone involved in defaming the party image. Incidents of threat calls to businessmen demanding money are on the rise in Kalimpong and this must be stopped immediately as our party’s image is getting maligned. The Gorkha community has lived in harmony with other communities of the hills since ages. But of late, a few anti-social elements are trying to create chasms between communities. We will not tolerate such evil designs.”

Gurung told the traders to report to him immediately if such calls demanding money in the name of the GJM are made. “You must inform me if you get such extortion calls. You can also lodge police complaints even if the callers claim they are party cadres,” he said.

In April 2014, a man was arrested for demanding money from a Siliguri

businessman. He had claimed to be a GJM cadre and funds were needed for election campaigning. In August again, another person was arrested on extortion charges as he had claimed the funds were to be sent to Gurung and GJM general secretary Roshan Giri.

Kalimpong Chamber of Commerce president Narendra Somani lauded the GJM chief’s stern stance and appealed to all traders to remain vigilant and to report extortion calls. “The Chamber came to

know about the extortion calls only recently,” said Somani. “It is a serious issue and we thought it best to meet the GJM president

and apprise him about it. Gurungji gave us a patient hearing and assured stringent action against party cadres found guilty of extorting money from businessmen and minority community members.”

Gurung is to leave for Delhi on March 14 to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I have already sought an appointment with the prime minister and am hopeful of meeting him. I will take up the statehood demand and remind the prime minister of the BJP’s promise prior to the general election,” he said.

While in Delhi, Gurung will participate in the GJM’s ongoing dharna at

the Jantar Mantar for statehood. The Morcha has organised a nine-day dharna from March 9 to 17 in which GTA sabhasads, the three MLAs from the hills, municipality chairmen, Vidyarthi Morcha members and other party and are participating.

Source: EOI

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