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GNLF members get bail

Darjeeling, Nov. 16: Deepak Gurung, the president of the GNLF Darjeeling Branch Committee, and four others today surrendered before the court of the chief judicial magistrate here after their names figured in an FIR filed by Swadhin Mallay.

The accused were booked under Sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly for offence committed in prosecution of common object), 325 (causing grievous hurt) and 427 (causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code.

In his complaint, Mallay said he had been attacked with sharp weapons at Pokhriabong Bazaar, 40km from here, on Wednesday. The GNLF had called a bandh there on that day.

Gurung along with Den Tshering, Pemba Bhutia, Nobel Bomzon and Puran Bomzon were granted bail after they furnished bonds of Rs 500 each.

Gurung, who had earlier claimed that he had reached the spot after the incident, said: “Yes my name had figured in the complaint. Let the law take its own course.”

Binay Tamang, press and publicity secretary of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha which was formed a little more than a month ago, said: “This is a victory for us because an innocent person (Mallay) had been made to suffer. Had the administration not taken action we would have called a 72-hour strike across the hills.”

Tamang also alleged that one of their supporters was assaulted at 9th Mile in the Lopchu-Peshok constituency last night.

Bhanu Lama, the GNLF president of the constituency, said the incident was the fallout of a personal grudge and was not a political issue.

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