Youths are ready to sacrifice their lives for Gorkhaland state seperate

Vastavam web:  A number of people, mostly youths, are ready to sacrifice their lives for the cause of a separate Gorkhaland state, the group spearheading the movement has claimed.The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which is leading the shutdown in the hills since June 15, had threatened to start a fast unto-death strike and later self immolation to pressure the state and the central governments to give in to their demand.”After we announced that we would go for self immolation to meet our demand, I have been flooded with hundreds of proposals and messages from the youths and people of the hills who have expressed their desire to sacrifice themselves for the cause,” GJM youth wing Yuva Morcha president Prakash Gurung told PTI.

He said there are “no pre-conditions and those ready to sacrifice themselves will do on their own terms and desire”.Prakash, who had resigned from Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) in May, had proposed to launch a separate statehood agitation on the line of the Telengana stir.Darjeeling has a history of self-immolations over the demand of separate state. In July 2013, a 45-year-old supporter had set himself alight at the Dambarchowk in Kalimpong town (now a district). He died of burn injuries a month later.Another GJM supporter, a 32-year-old physically challenged man, had attempted immolation in 2013 but survived after prolonged treatment.