The Kolkata police department is on high alert after a student received a WhatsApp message talking about a plot to kill West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
On Monday evening, a Polytechnic student in Murshidabad district received a WhatsApp message asking him to join a terror group. The sender told him that he was recruiting youths from across India and that good money will be given to those who join.
When the student replied stating that he was not interested, the alleged terror recruiter replied, “We have a contract to kill CM of West Bengal.”
When he reached the Berhampore Police Station to complain, the officer present asked him to ignore it and switch his off his phone.
“The officer asked me to switch off my phone and told me everything will be alright. I wanted to lodge a complaint but he refused to accept it,” the student told reporters.
“I told him that the sender threated to kill the CM but they still didn’t file any complaint,” he added.
Just as the student stepped out of the police station, he received a screenshot of his location from the alleged terror recruiter, who threatened to kill the post-graduate for reaching out to the police.
Investigations into the matter started only when state intelligence agencies came to know of the matter. All that a police officer could tell now is that the message was sent from Florida.
Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee has asked moderate Gorkha leaders from Darjeeling to build a consensus on a “long term solution”, even as she rejected their demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
All leaders from the hills of West Bengal have said the creation of a separate state was the only permanent solution to the problem. On Monday, Banerjee urged them to settle for a “long-term solution” for now and decide among themselves what it could be, according to Niraj Zimba, a spokesperson for the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF).
She has made it clear that Gorkhaland was out of question, he said, adding that at the same time she asked the moderate leaders to decide what could serve as a long-term solution. The GNLF had agreed to the Gorkha community being granted more autonomy under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, but because of political resistance a plan to create an autonomous council did not materialize.
Ousted Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Binay Tamang, who appears to be calling the shots now, may also not be opposed to gaining more autonomy for now.
Tamang, along with three GJM legislators from the hills, attended Monday’s meeting—an indication that the lawmakers, too, may be distancing themselves from party president Bimal Gurung.
Tamang and Anit Thapa, another defector from the GJM, have already been given interim administrative responsibility by the state to revive the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), a semi-autonomous body formed five years ago.