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Darjeeling unrest Day 35: Gorkhaland supporters torch TMC party office, community hall

Darjeeling: A century-old community hall and a TMC party office in the Darjeeling hills were set ablaze by pro-Gorkhaland supporters, police said on Wednesday as the indefinite shutdown for a separate state entered its 35th day.

The army has been deployed in Darjeeling. PTI

The army has been deployed in Darjeeling. PTI

While the Raj Rajeswari hall in Kurseong area was reduced to ashes after the blaze on Tuesday night, the Trinamool Congress party office in Darjeeling town was also gutted after it was set on fire.

"No one was injured but both the hall and party office were reduced to ashes. We are trying to identify the culprits", an official said.

Political party activists, dressed in traditional Nepali attire, took out rallies on Wednesday morning. They were heard raising logans in support of a separate Gorkhaland state.

The GJM also has plans to conduct rallies in various parts of the hills on Wednesday.

Police and security forces patrolled the streets and kept a tight vigil on entry and exit routes. Internet services remained suspended in the hills.

Except pharmacies, all the other shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges were also closed.

Published Date: Jul 19, 2017 14:26 PM | Updated Date: Jul 19, 2017 14:26 PM

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