Friday, September 28, 2007

Hill strike against RJ remark - Kalimpong shut for a day

Kalimpong, Sept. 27: The Kalimpong subdivision observed a 24-hour strike today to protest against an alleged derogatory remark made against the Gorkha community by a radio jockey of a Delhi-based FM radio station recently.
The strike, officially called by the Kalimpong unit of the GNLF, had the support of the ordinary people who came out on the street in droves to register their protest against the provocative statement of the radio jockey. They shouted slogans against him and burnt his effigy at Dambar Chowk in the heart of the town.
In a letter addressed to information and broadcasting minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, the president of the Kalimpong unit of the GNLF has demanded an unconditional apology from the radio jockey through the national print and electronic media.
The Kalimpong Bar Association has decided to file a case against the radio jockey under Sections 153, 153A and 153B of the Indian Penal Code for disturbing public tranquillity and provoking communal disharmony. The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, an umbrella organisation, on its part, wants the jockey to come to the hills and apologise.
The FM channel had denied the allegations yesterday.