The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung’s residence was raided on Thursday and a huge cache arms were recovered, which included bows and arrows, baseball bats, sharp weapons, knifes and crackers. Police early in the morning broke open the main gate of his house at Padlebas and recovered these things. Mr. Gurung was not at his residence during the raid.
Reacting to the weapons seizure in Darjeeling, the GJM sources said the weapons seized were actually their traditional equipments. “We are tribals, about to hold our traditional archery competition… they showed our traditional equipments as weapons. This is why we need Gorkhaland, our rights, our culture, our heritage, our traditions are not respected”.