Darjeeling (West Bengal) [India], November 20 (ANI): The general committee of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) on Monday suspended party president Bimal Gurung for six months and appointed Binay Tamang as the new party president.Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: Restrictions Imposed In THIS Town After Surge in Covid-19 Cases | Check What's Allowed, What's Not

The general committee meeting was chaired by Binay Tamang. Also Read - Giant 75 Kg 'Telia Bhola' Fish Caught in Sunderbans River, Sold For Over Rs 36 Lakh

Gurung’s wife, Asha, who is the chief of the GJM Mahila Morcha and party general secretary Roshan Giri, along with 14 other leaders, has also been suspended. Also Read - CRPF Recruitment 2021: Salary up to Rs 85000 Per Month, Apply Now For 60 Specialist MO & GDMO Posts on crpf.gov.in

The absconding GJM president has been out of public sight since June, and has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), in connection with a grenade attack on the Kalimpong Police Station, and a bomb attack in Darjeeling’s Chowk Baazaar area.

Last month, seven companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and three companies of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which are deployed in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, were withdrawn. Prior to this, the entire region was witnessing an indefinite shutdown over the demand of a separate Gorkhaland. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.