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Friday, May 15, 2009

DRYF's chakkajam to release Subba

Kalimnews :

About 200 members of Democratic Revolutionary Youth Front, a frontal organistion of CPRM, held an hour long chakkajam progamme at Kalimpong town on 13th May to protest against the delay in release of C.B. Subba, GLO Chief from Jalpaiguri jail. The members of the DRYF assembled at Damber Chowk and shouted slogans against the Left Front ruled West Bengal Govt. for making the case a political issue and unauthorisedly detain Subba for over six years. The traffic was disturbed for more than two hours due to the wheeljam and passengers were found stranded along Main Road, D.S. Gurung Road, etc. The DRYF members also submitted a memorandum to the SDO, Kalimpong requesting him to apprise the concerned higher authorities about the demand of the organisation and take necessary action to immediately release Subba. Later Santosh Pradhan, Zonal Secretary, DRYF addressed the local press where he vehemently criticised the administration for turning the case into a political issue and urged the intellectuals, social activists and human right activists to come forward and pressurise the concerned authorities to release Subba alongwith other innocent persons who are behind the bar at an early date.

It may be recalled that Subba and some anti-GNLF political activists were arrested by West Bengal police during 2003 after the life attempt on Subash Ghising, the then DGHC Chairman and GNLF Supremo at Saatghumti, near Kurseong P.S. on his way back from New Delhi to Darjeeling after attending a crucial meeting with the union govt. regarding the future status of Darjeeling hills. Ghising and his convoy were attacked by unknown elements and an encounter had taken place. Other persons arrested in connection with the incident were Amar Lama, Norden Lama (both Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders now). However, both of them have now managed to get bail from Supreme Court. The Jalpaiguri court was reportedly facing difficulties to hear the case due to frequent absence of eye witnesses of the incident. Now, since out of over 70 eyewitnesses, the prime figure Subash Ghising has already attended the hearing the case is expected to be finalised very shortly. On the other hand, the DRYF and Democratic Revolutionary Womens' Front (women front of CPRM) members have been continuously organising different democratic agitational programmes to draw the attention of concerned authorities to demand speedy hearing of the case and release or punish Subba. Subba is expected to be released unconditionally due to lack of adequate evidence to frame charge of life attempt on him. It is reported that even Ghising declinee to accuse Subba in the incident before the court of law during the last hearing.

Meanwhile, the followers and sympathisers of Subba who is popularly known as Chhatre Subba have formed a Reception Committee in Kalimpong to accord a warm welcome to him on his release. They have also started to generate financial support from the local businessmen in Kalimpong town to organise a grand welcome as and when Subba is released.

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