Gorkhaland agitation: Strike will continue, says GPCC president on 48th day

New Delhi: The agitation and the indefinite strike to press for separate Gorkhaland will continue in deference to the wishes of the people of the region, the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) said on Monday.

File image of Gorkha leaders addressing people in Mirik. PTI

File image of Gorkha leaders addressing people in Mirik. PTI

GMCC, the apex body of the political parties which is spearheading the stir in Darjeeling hills, made clear its stand after holding a meeting here as the indefinite bandh entered its 48th day on Tuesday.

The meeting discussed the way forward for the separate statehood movement.

"We will continue with the agitation for separate state. We honour the sentiments of the people who wish to continue the strike," GMCC president Kalyan Dewan told reporters.

Dewan, who is also the vice-president of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), said that they will reach out to parliamentarians for support.

GJM supremo Bimal Gurung had on Monday night declared that his party wants this indefinite shutdown to continue in the hills.

On Tuesday, speaking to reporters, Dewan reiterated that their agitation would continue.

"On 15 August, we will hoist the national flag but not observe any celebrations. We will instead form a human chain to highlight the excesses being meted out to people who are demanding Gorkhaland," he said.

A one-day hunger strike would also be held at Jantar Mantar on 4 August by the GMCC.

A joint resolution was passed by the GMCC after the over five-hour-long meeting.

Dewan said a delegation would meet various Parliamentarians, prominent political leaders and other personalities to press forth the Gorkhaland demand.

Supplies of food and essentials were drying up due to the strike. Internet services were also snapped in the hills since 18 June.

The GJM on Sunday gave a ten-day deadline to the Centre to intervene in the Gorkhaland statehood stir or else it would intensify the movement in days to come.

Except for medicine shops, all business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed in the hills. Police and security forces patrolled the streets in the hills and kept a vigil on the entry and exit routes.

Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 21:15 PM

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