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Conspiracy in play to strike off Roshan Giri's name from electoral roll, alleges his mother

Darjeeling: Former Gorkha Janmukti Morcha General Secretary Roshan Giri's mother has alleged of a conspiracy to strike out her son's name from the electoral list.
This comes in the wake of a show cause notice served to him from the office of the Electoral Registration Officer, Darjeeling. Giri, who is wanted in numerous cases, is on the run.
"There is a conspiracy to strike out his name. The police have been constantly pressuring me. They have even taken away computers, files and other valuables in the name of investigations," alleged Deepa Giri, mother of Roshan Giri.
Giri has been absconding since the political unrest in the Hills in July 2017. On September 16, 2017, warrants had been issued against GJM leader Bimal Gurung and 7 others including Giri.
On March 6, a show cause notice was issued to Giri, stating that it has been proposed to delete his name from the electoral roll of 23 Darjeeling Assembly constituency, on the ground that he has "ceased to be or is not ordinarily a resident in the constituency."
Giri had been asked to reply either in person or through a representative within 11 am on March 23, if he desired to be heard, along with evidence that he wished to place in support of his representation.
"The Election Commission of India, along with the Supreme Court, had earlier ordered for names of absconders to be struck off the electoral rolls. It is a routine electoral exercise all over the country. However, his name has not yet been struck off. No one has responded to the show cause yet," stated Joyoshi Das Gupta, District Magistrate, Darjeeling.
Sources state that similar notices will be sent to other absconders, including Gurung and his wife Asha Gurung.
Directives of the Election Commission of India states "A person who is absent from his given address for long periods and is not available to, or traceable by the police authorities and the agencies interested with the task of execution of Non Bailable Warrant against him, can as a logical consequence, be presumed to be not ordinarily a resident at the address. The name of a person who has ceased to be an ordinary resident in the constituency, can be deleted by the Electoral Registration Officer."
In 2017, Punjab police intelligence wing had directed the districts to urgently delete the name of 20,968 proclaimed offenders and absconding criminals from the electoral rolls.

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