The army staged flag marches in Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Kurseong towns on Friday, as sporadic violence was reported in the northern West Bengal hills during a 12-hour shutdown called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
The Congress expressed concern over the situation in Darjeeling hills hoping both parties would chalk out a strategy to restore peace and normalcy in the hills.
West Bengal civic poll results: TMC's win establishes how non-Hindi speaking states remain challenge for BJP
The results of West Bengal municipal elections highlight continued weak performance of BJP in non-Hindi speaking states, and that it needs to push local leaders to counter TMC's Maa Maati Maanush formula
Seven municipal corporations in West Bengal — Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong, and Mirik in the hills of north Bengal, and Domkal, Pujali and Raiganj in the plains. witnessed polling this week, and all votes will be counted on Wednesday
At least 22 people were killed and many others were missing in landslides triggered by heavy rains in three sub-divisions of Darjeeling district since last night.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that she was hopeful about the future of Darjeeling, where peace has returned after a series of bandhs crippled normal life in the recent past.
The West Bengal government, which has started distributing ration in the northern hills, said a "shutdown-like situation" prevailed in the hills on day one of the two-day "public curfew", during which the GJM has asked people to remain indoors.