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Deb goes for Gurung scalp after bail nod

March 22: Housing minister Gautam Deb said police were “tightening their nets” to arrest Bimal Gurung after the Assembly polls on a day the Gorkha Janmkuti Morcha chief was granted anticipatory bail on three counts.

The Darjeeling sessions court today granted bail to Gurung for cases related to the blocking of NH31A, the burning of a vehicle belonging to the late ABGL leader Madan Tamang and the attack on his garage in Darjeeling.

All the three are non-bailable offences.

Dinesh Chandra Rai, the lawyer who moved the bail plea, said: “Since they were non-bailable sections, we applied for anticipatory bail, which had been granted by the court.”

Under the rules, those who procured anticipatory bails will have to surrender before the court in four weeks.

In Siliguri, Deb, a CPM state secretariat member, said: “He should be arrested as he has been named in a number of cases. The state government and police believe in timely action and are tightening the net through steps like lodging complaints against him and withdrawing his security. His arrest would be another action which we feel is likely to be done after the elections. It must be understood that the police need to consider an array of factors before implementing this decision.”

In a message to the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad, he said: “They must understand that whatever the chief minister had told them while meeting them (in Malbazar), all commitments would be fulfilled.”

“They must learn from the Morcha and refrain from taking any step like allying with any political party. This would only reduce their status as puppets in the hands of political parties. They should maintain peace in the Dooars and have faith in the chief minister,” said the housing minister.

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