Gorkhaland protests, Day 31: Uneasy calm settles over Darjeeling as security forces keep tight vigil

Darjeeling: Pro-Gorkhaland activists took out rallies in Darjeeling as security forces maintained tight vigil across the hills on Saturday, the 31st day of the indefinite shutdown for a separate state.

The army has been deployed in Darjeeling. PTI

The army has been deployed in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada. PTI

No incident of violence or arson was reported by the police in the morning, but the hills remained on the edge, a day after agitators went on a rampage, setting afire an RPF office, a state-run library and a police outpost here.

With the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), that is spearheading the statehood agitation, planning rallies in various places, police and security forces patrolled the streets of the hills and kept a tight vigil at all entry and exit routes. Except medical shops, business establishments, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed.

Meanwhile, the district administration has extended the ban on internet services till 25 July. The ban was imposed on 18 June. With food supply severely hit due to the indefinite strike, which entered its 31st day on Saturday, GJM and various NGOs of the hills distributed food items among people.

The hills witnessed violence despite continued deployment of three columns of the army, in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada. The picturesque hill station had earlier witnessed a 40-day bandh in 1988 and a 44-day shutdown in 2013.


Published Date: Jul 15, 2017 03:30 pm | Updated Date: Jul 15, 2017 03:30 pm


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