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Women march for clash arrest

Kalimpong, April 6: Members of Nari Morcha, the women’s wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, took to the streets for the second day today, demanding the arrest of GNLF supporters who clashed with them at 10th Mile here yesterday.

Shouting slogans against local GNLF leaders and police, the women took out a rally through the streets of the town before gheraoing the Kalimpong police station. A contingent of the Morcha’s youth wing also joined them in the protest.

The Morcha members stayed put in front of the police station for about one-and-a-half-hour, obstructing traffic. “We will hold a similar protest tomorrow as well,” said Kalyan Dewan, the Morcha’s Kalimpong unit president.

The Morcha women, who were carrying out a cleaning drive in town, had clashed with their rivals in front of the GNLF office at 10th Mile here. The GNLF supporters were celebrating their party’s foundation day. A few Morcha supporters had received minor injuries in the clash.

Following the incident, both parties had filed FIRs. The Morcha complaint named 23 people who included the GNLF’s Kalimpong branch president Dawa Pakhrin and senior leaders like Roshan Rai and K. N. Subba. The GNLF had accused 14 people, including Dewan and Morcha’s central committee member Harka Bahadur Chhetri, in its FIR.

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