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Threat slur on Morcha councillor

Darjeeling, Aug. 27: A Gorkha Janmukti Morcha councillor of Darjeeling municipality has been accused of refusing to issue residential certificates to GNLF supporters and misbehaving with them.

However, Tilak Chhetri, the councillor of ward 11, denied the charge and said the GNLF supporters had come to his office yesterday with an intention to create disturbance.

Five female GNLF sympathisers lodged a general diary with Darjeeling Sadar police station yesterday against Chhetri. One of the GNLF supporters, Sangita Thami, said: “Our councillor refused to issue us residential certificates when we went to his office yesterday and asked us to go the GNLF office. He and his boys threatened us and even tried to manhandle us.”

The residential certificate is issued to a person by the councillor of the respective ward and is an important document to prove domicile status.

Chhetri filed a counter general diary at Darjeeling Sadar police station against Sangita and the others yesterday. “More than 10 women had come to me to get residential certificates. But only four or five of them were from my ward. I refused to issue them certificates because their behaviour was provocative. They also used foul language,” said Chhetri.