Political churning in Bengal
Withdrawing troops from a volatile Darjeeling comes at a crucial time.
How can you withdraw forces without citing adequate reasons", said Calcutta High Court to the Indian Union government. On October 17, 2017, a stay order from Calcutta High Court on the withdrawal of Central paramilitary forces from the troubled Darjeeling Hills of West Bengal has temporarily averted a constitutional crisis precipitated by the Union government's actions. The long-troubled Darjeeling hills had recently seen a split in the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) with the now apparently dominant faction led by Binay Tamang taking over the responsibilities of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration., a semi-autonomous unit within the Government of West Bengal. The recent months have seen strong civic unrest, which have often turned violent. Most recently, Sub Inspector Amitabha Malik of the West Bengal police was killed in a shootout with bodyguards of the absconding GJM faction leader Bimal Gurung who till recently was the main face of the Gorkhaland movement.