Low-key Eid celebrations in Darjeeling as tension prevails over pro-Gorkhaland protests
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) had on Sunday decided to give a 12-hour relaxation for the Muslims to celebrate Eid.
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.
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.
The application, which raised the issue related to Kerala, claimed it is shocking that in a medical emergency, the government is playing with the lives of citizens through such measures
The apex court pulled up the state government for giving in to traders' pressure by granting relaxations ahead of Bakrid and said it disclosed a "sorry state of affairs"
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