Darjeeling unrest: Two GJM women activists arrested for arson and violence on 64th day of shutdown

Darjeeling: The police arrested two women GJM activists in Darjeeling on Thursday for their alleged involvement in violence and arson that rocked the hills in June.

"We have arrested two women activists from Darjeeling for their involvement in arson and violence. We conducted area domination march in various parts of Darjeeling and Mirik today (Thursday) too," a senior police official said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTIDarjeel

The hills have been paralysed by an indefinite strike which entered the 64th day on Thursday.

Though no incident of violence has been reported since Wednesday night, the police and security personnel have been keeping a tight vigil.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which is spearheading the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland, took out rallies in various parts of the hills. They demanded restoration of internet services, which was cut off in the hills since 18 June, besides an immediate withdrawal of security force from Darjeeling.

Activists of various social organisations donning traditional Nepali attire also took out rallies and raised slogans in support of Gorkhaland.

The GJM activists and NGOs were seen distributing food among the locals as food supply has been severely hit due to the prolonged shutdown.

Barring medicine shops, all other commercial establishments, schools and colleges remained shut.

Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 20:24 PM

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