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GJM, GNLF observe Shahid Diwas separately in Darjeeling

Kurseong : Shahid Diwas or Martyrs’ Day was observed in different places of Kurseong region as it was across the Darjeeling hills. The GJM and GTA representatives, under the banner of the Shahid Diwas Samaroha Committee, observed Martyrs’ Day at Eagle’s Crag here, where a large number of party supporters and its activists including family members of those killed in 1986 and more recently were present. Kurseong Municipality chairman Samirdeep Blon paid homage by lighting lamps and offering flowers at the Shahid Bedi. A programme was also organised by the committee at the GDNS Hall to pay their respects to the martyrs and their family members. The chief guest of the programme was Dr. Rohit Sharma, MLA, Kurseong Constituency. “We have not given up our fight for Gorkhaland and will certainly attain statehood one day to honour the sacrifices of the martyrs,” he said. 

At the same time, the GNLF also observed Shahid Diwas at Longview Tea Estate. It was learnt that hundreds of GNLF supporters from many part of the hills had gathered at the tea estate under the leadership of the GNLF Kurseong branch president Nima Lama. On July 27, 1986, a large numbers of statehood agitators were killed in CRPF firing during a rally in Kalimpong that sparked the inferno of the Gorkhaland agitation led by Subash Ghisingh, which stretched for more than two years. During the period from 1986 to 1988, as many as 1,200 people are expected to have been killed. Finally, a truce of sorts was signed in 1988 between the central and state governments and the GNLF leading to the formation of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council. Since then, July 27 has been observed each year in the hills as Shahid Diwas and it is a holiday.

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