|Khambu Rights Movement activists withdrew hunger strike|
Kirati Khambu-Rai Sanskritik Sansthan president Arunprakash Rai, Movement convener Binesh Khambu, spokesperson Sandip Khambu, and several other community leaders and members were present today at Thanadara to appreciate the youths’ participation in the hunger strike. GJM spokesperson and Kalimpong MLA Dr. Harka Bahadur Chettri also visited the spot to meet the youths.
GTA sabhashad RB Bhujel and GJM central committee member Norden Lama, among others also met the demonstrators and expressed solidarity with their movement. The final day of the hunger strike also witnessed the presence of Kalimpong Farmers’ Welfare Organisation president Bishnu Chettri, Buddhist Tribal Association leader Singsa Bhutia and TMC leaders from Takling-Peshok constituency who were at Thanadara to support the Khambu-Rai community in its demand for ST status.
Interestingly, the Movement activists had on Wednesday said their hunger strike would continue. But the agitation stands withdrawn within 24 hours of the announcement. Explaining this, Sandip Khambu said, “Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has assured us she will take up the issue with the central government. After her announcement, our core committee decided to withdraw the hunger strike.”
He added the organisation has a faxed letter to the prime minister demanding ST status for the community.