Gorkhaland agitation Day 30: Fresh violence in Darjeeling; RPF office, police outpost set on fire

Darjeeling: A Railway Protection Force (RPF) office, a police outpost and a state-run library were set on fire in the Darjeeling hills as the indefinite strike demanding a separate state entered its 30th day on Friday, police said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

As unrest simmered, internet services remained suspended for the 27th day.

The RPF office in Kurseong and a police outpost in Sukhiapokhri were set afire in the early hours of the morning while the state-run library in Mirik sub-division was reduced to ashes by pro-Gorkhaland supporters on Thursday night, a police official said.

The army continues to be deployed in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada.

The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) decided to postpone its fast-unto-death programme from 15 July due to the upcoming presidential elections.

"We have decided to postpone the programme of fast-unto-death as presidential elections are nearby. We'll take a call on it at our next all-party meeting on 18 July", a GMCC member told PTI.

The 30-member GMCC represents all hill based parties, including the GJM, the GNLF and the JAP.

Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 12:19 PM | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017 12:20 PM

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