Gorkhaland agitation: Rallies, counter rallies rock Darjeeling hills as CID brings three arrested GJM leaders to Kolkata

Rallies supporting and opposing the indefinite shutdown rocked Darjeeling hills on Saturday while the CID brought three arrested GJM leaders from Haryana to Kolkata

PTI September 23, 2017 20:07:54 IST
Gorkhaland agitation: Rallies, counter rallies rock Darjeeling hills as CID brings three arrested GJM leaders to Kolkata

Darjeeling/Kolkata: Rallies and counter-rallies supporting and opposing the indefinite shutdown rocked Darjeeling hills today while the CID brought three arrested GJM leaders from Haryana to Kolkata.

As the shutdown entered its 101st day, rallies of GJM leaders in support of the indefinite shutdown and separate state of Gorkhaland on Saturday came face to face at some places with processions led by expelled leader Binay Tamang faction demanding the restoration of normalcy.

Gorkhaland agitation Rallies counter rallies rock Darjeeling hills as CID brings three arrested GJM leaders to Kolkata

File image of GJM leader Bimal Gurung whose whereabouts are still not known. Getty Images

Security forces intervened near Darjeeling railway station where two such rallies came face to face.

The GJM and other hill parties also demanded that the Centre intervene and start the dialogue process considering the sentiments of the people of the hills.

Several shops remained open in Darjeeling, Mirik, and Kurseong even as the situation in the hills remained tense and security personnel have made special security arrangements.

No violence was reported since last night.

For the 14th day in a row, police along with the administration appealed to the locals using public address system to open shops and restore normalcy in the hills.

Peace rallies were taken out by the people at Kurseong, Darjeeling, and Mirik, the police said.

Internet services remain suspended in the hills since 18 June.

Meanwhile, the CID brought three arrested GJM leaders from Haryana to Kolkata and started questioning them to know the whereabouts of party chief Bimal Gurung.

Gurung has been in hiding and police have launched a manhunt in the hills to nab him. A lookout notice has been issued against him earlier this month.

Dhan Kumar Pradhan, Tilak Chandra Roka, and PT Ola were brought to Kolkata on two-day transit remand, a senior CID official said.

"We are questioning them and are trying to find the whereabouts of Bimal Gurung," the official said.

They were arrested on Friday at Gurugram for their alleged involvement in arson and violence in Darjeeling in June. They will be taken to Siliguri tomorrow to be produced in the court and the CID will seek their further remand.

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