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Gorkha Leader Bimal Gurung Alleges That Rohingyas Are Being Settled In Darjeeling To Render Gorkhas Homeless

Swarajya Staff

Apr 28, 2018, 05:43 PM | Updated 05:43 PM IST

Former Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Chief Executive Bimal Gurung (Indranil Bhoumik/Mint via Getty Images)
Former Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Chief Executive Bimal Gurung (Indranil Bhoumik/Mint via Getty Images)

Bimal Gurung, the former had of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and leader of the Gorkha Jamnukti Morcha (GJM) yesterday (27 April) alleged that Rohingya refugees were being resettled in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of the Gorkhaland region in West Bengal in a conspiracy to cause a demographic shift that would render the native Gorkhas homeless, reports The New Indian Express.

Addressing a press conference, he said that Rohingyas were being resettled in the area despite the Centre viewing them as a security threat. He called it a sinister conspiracy to marginalise the inhabitabts of the region.

Gurung urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take note and take the necessary steps.

Certain political elements are allowing them to settle here for vote bank politics and allowing politics of votes to supersede national interests. I request everyone living in our region to remain vigilant and report all such suspicious settlements that may be coming up near you.
Bimal Gurung

He also said that due to the region’s politically sensitive nature – borders with Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and Bangladesh – it was important that the matter was viewed with the seriousness it deserved.

Also Read: Why Locals In Jammu See Rohingya Settlement As Part Of An ‘Islamist Project’ And Want Them Out


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