Gorkhaland agitation: Darjeeling observes 'Martyrs Day' to commemorate activists killed in protests

Darjeeling: The GJM and other hill parties on Thursday observed 'the Martyrs Day' and paid tributes to pro-Gorkhaland activists killed in the Darjeeling hills in clashes since the agitation for a separate state began in June.

On the 43rd day of the indefinite shutdown on Thursday, the agitators took out rallies in various parts of the hills and paid tributes to nine pro-Gorkhaland activists, allegedly killed in clashes since the agitation started on 8 June.

 Gorkhaland agitation: Darjeeling observes Martyrs Day to commemorate activists killed in protests

File image of Gorkhaland agitators. AFP

A monument in memory of the agitators was erected at Chowkbazar in Darjeeling town, where activists, locals and students paid floral tributes and vowed to intensify the stir. There was no report of any violence and arson from anywhere in the hills.

The police, however, have claimed that only two persons have died in the agitation so far.

The 43-day-long indefinite shutdown, which started on 15 June, is the second longest so far in the picturesque hill station which had witnessed a 40-day bandh in 1988 by Gorkha National Liberation Front and a 44-day shutdown in 2013 by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on the statehood issue.

The ban on internet services which was imposed on 18 June has already been extended by the district administration till 4 August.

Police and security forces have been patrolling the streets of the hills and kept a tight vigil at all entry and exit routes as usual.

Except the pharmacy shops, other business establishments, including restaurants and hotels besides the schools and colleges have remained closed.

GJM workers and various NGOs of the hills were seen distributing food items among the people as food supply has been severely hit due to the indefinite shutdown.

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Updated Date: Jul 27, 2017 20:36:06 IST