Darjeeling: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung who had gone underground after the West Bengal government slapped Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) cases against him and his associates, is expected to arrive in Darjeeling around 2 pm on Thursday.
Confirming the news, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri, who is also underground, said, “Yes, it’s correct. We are coming home.”
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had disposed of the prayer for interim relief but given the applicants liberty to approach the Calcutta High Court for anticipatory bail within four days from April 3.
The apex court “expected” the high court to take up the matter expeditiously and “dispose them in accordance with law without delay including grant of ad-interim orders to its satisfaction,” adding that “no coercive action would be taken against them”.
Further, the SC extended protection granted to the Gorkha leaders in terms of orders passed on December 10, 2018.
In Darjeeling, BP Bajgain, the spokesperson for Bimal Gurung camp, said, “Our party president Bimal Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri, along with other party leaders, are arriving at Bagdogra airport at 2 pm on Thursday. We have asked all our cadres and supporters to be present there to give a hero’s welcome to them.”