Police today arrested Rohit Thapa, a member of the central committee of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on charges of stoking violence in Alipurduar on July 30.
“Rohit Thapa, a senior GJM leader has been arrested from Alipurduar district’s Jaigaon, near the West Bengal-Bhutan border, on Sunday afternoon. He will be produced before court tomorrow,” said Superintendent of Police Avaru Rabindranath.
Police were on the lookout for Thapa since his alleged involvement in an incident of arson and attack on police during a GJM rally in the area on July 30.
Meanwhile, Sarita Chettri, a leader of GJM’s women wing was arrested from Darjeeling district’s Kurseong.
According to district police sources, the leader of GJM Nari Morcha was arrested on Sunday afternoon from a secret location where she has been hiding.
The situation in the hills of Darjeeling and adjoining area remained tense as the GJM sponsored indefinite shutdown saw its 81st day on Sunday.
The pro-shutdown activists took out rallies at various parts of the hills including Darjeeling, Mirik and Kalimpong during the day.
The picketing by the morcha supporters has also been increased.
Police said they have registered a case under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.