Less than six weeks after his return, Gorkha National Liberation Front president Subash Ghising left Darjeeling on Monday evening in the face of what he called “continuous threats” from the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).
Mr. Ghising arrived in the hill town on April 8, having virtually been forced to leave the hills after attacks on his supporters by GJM activists more than two-and-a-half years ago. On Tuesday, he said in Siliguri that he had decided to leave Darjeeling again because of “constant threats.”
The GJM denied that Mr. Ghising was under any pressure from the party to leave the hills. But it claimed that his presence in the region was inciting passions among rival supporters.