GJM calls for indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling hills

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The Centre also sought a detailed report on the prevailing situation in the hill district from the state government.

Amid escalating tension in the hills, GJM has called for an indefinite shutdown in protest against the police raid at their office.

Asked why did the GNLF join hands with the GJM, its sworn enemy in the hills, Zimba said, "It is true that we have our own differences, but for the sake of the people we have made a decision to keep aside our differences and fight for Gorkhaland". On Tuesday, there were clashes in which the police used batons on protesters.

The strikers allegedly set a sericulture office and a Government-owned tourist lodge on fire at Reshambari and Kalimpong respectively.

Due to the protests and violence, tourism in the Hills has been affected badly with tourists packing their bags. This was done because the Morcha supporters who had pelted stones on the police were reportedly drunk. The station is 31 km from Siliguri, which falls under Darjeeling district but not a part of the GTC. "I am constantly in touch with the central government and various ministers".

Police said some GJM activists were arrested in raids at Singmari and Patlebas. He didn't reveal his location. "We are tribals, about to hold our traditional archery competition. they showed our traditional equipment as weapons".

The police have reportedly seized weapons such as sickles, knives, arrows and machetes from Gurung's office in Darjeeling. "How can the tourists stay here in this situation", Gurung said. Later, the police sealed the GJM's Patlabash office. Condemning the move, GJM spokesperson Swaraj Thapa said, "the manner in which the security apparatus is being used, it is clear that the government wants to use it for its political agenda".

"My advice to Mamata Banerjee is please stay away from the hills".

The area is largely populated by Gorkhas who resent the imposition of Bengali, the predominant language of the rest of the state.

"Explosives were stockpiled in huge quantities in the hills". For two hours, they resorted to hurling bombs. He, however, added that GJM MLAs will not resign from the West Bengal Assembly.

At a public meeting in Mirik, Banerjee announces special audit of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) to unearth financial irregularities that Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders allegedly indulged in.

In the fog-shrouded hilly roads of Darjeeling, GJM activists sparred with paramilitary personnel, hurling stones from a distance. In 1984, the erstwhile Left Front regime had abolished English in the primary sections of state-run schools to give primacy to Bengali.

Banerjee calls in the army as situation deteriorates.

Darjeeling: GJM chief Bimal Gurung was raided by the police this morning after which protests started. But one can not do politics with guns and bombs.

The developments came a day after Gurung said that his group's campaign will not stop until it a separate Gorkhaland state is created. Despite this, the GJM General Secretary again called for a bandh but this time, for an indefinite one, excluding all the schools, colleges, transports and hotels from its range. Police claimed four pistols have also been recovered.

The Darjeeling hills that are supposed to be now witnessing the peak season attracting tourists from all over the world, who visit to appreciate the rejuvenating beauty of the hills and surroundings, have unfortunately been under the clout of political instability lately.

Congress said they are ready to cooperate participate in any dialogue. We now feel that the atmosphere in the hills is fully conducive for the creation of a separate state.

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