Darjeeling unrest: GJM supporters stage black flag protest, demand Centre's intervention

Darjeeling: GJM supporters on Sunday took out rallies at Chowkbazar area of the hills carrying black flags in protest against the police action on pro-Gorkhaland supporters.

Shouting slogans against the state government, the protesters demanded the Centre's intervention in the matter.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Pro-Gorkhaland supporters had on Saturday clashed with the police during which, the GJM had claimed, one of its supporters suffered a bullet injury.

The charge was, however, denied by the ADG (Law and Order) who had termed it as "completely baseless".

Several protestors and police personnel were injured in the clashes that took place in Sukna area of the hills on Saturday.

The situation in Darjeeling remained tensed on Sunday though no incident of violence was reported since Saturday night.

The police and security forces patrolled the streets of the hills and kept a tight vigil at all entry and exit routes.

Normal life remained crippled on the 46th day of the ongoing indefinite strike to press for a separate Gorkhaland state. Barring medicine shops, business establishments, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed.

The GJM and other hills parties on Sunday has plans to organize 'Global Gorkhaland Unity March' in Darjeeling, other parts of the country and abroad to express solidarity with the movement for a separate state.

"This is a global march that we have planned not only in various states of India but also abroad where our Gorkha brothers are either settled or working," a GJM leader said.


Published Date: Jul 30, 2017 02:50 pm | Updated Date: Jul 30, 2017 02:50 pm


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