Low-key Eid celebrations in Darjeeling as tension prevails over pro-Gorkhaland protests

Darjeeling : The Darjeeling Hills on Monday witnessed low-key Eid celebrations amidst the 12-hour window given to the Muslim community to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on the twelfth day of the indefinite shutdown.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

People offered prayers at local mosques and as a sign of solidarity to the cause of Gorkhaland, most of them did not use vehicles to visit relatives and friends and travelled by foot instead.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) had on Sunday decided to give a 12-hour relaxation for the Muslims to celebrate the festival during which they could use vehicles to go to the plains and meet their relatives.

Police and security forces patrolled the streets. Shops and markets remained closed. Medicine shops, hospital and private nursing homes were open.

The GJM is spearheading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland.

Updated Date: Jun 26, 2017 14:37 PM