Darjeeling violence: Shutdown remains continue, several collects for GJM strike rally


Following the protest in Darjeeling by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the normal life was badly influenced in the Darjeeling hills for the fourth successive day on Sunday.

The GJM headed the strike rally with bodies of three of its followers who were died purportedly in police gunfire on Saturday.

Several Gorkhaland followers engaged in the 1.5km stretch between Darjeeling railway station and old supermarket, where the deceased of the three supporters lost lives on Saturday are to come.

A huge reliant of the toops, paramilitary and the police stood as a security at several distance.

During the protest, vehicles were noticed off the roads, shops and business establishments were continued to remain close.

The 12-hour protest carried out in the nearby Dooars region to strike the alleged police killing, however, had limited effect.

Chief of GJM, Bimal Gurung directed the Darjeeling people to collect at Chawkbazar to pay mark of respect to the three martyrs.

Police refused to give consent to carry out rally in Darjeeling and a senior police official was found stated, “No one has been given permission to hold a rally in the hills.”

After Saturday’s brutality, the high alert has been issued in Darjeeling. The police officials had carried out route marches with the troops in various parts of the valley.

Several barricades were placed outside government and GTA offices, and several entry-exit areas of the hills. Various woman police troops were also enforced in the region.

Earlier, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee disproved the GJM’s declaration that the three persons killed in police gunfire, expressing the current protest in the Darjeeling hills an “inherent plot” favored by rebellious groups of the northeast and some foreign countries.

On the other hand, several members from the Muslim community carried out a ‘peace rally’ in Darjeeling on Sunday, supporting the command for Gorkhaland and criticizing the so-called police killings.

“We never faced any discrimination from the Gorkha community. We feel their demand is just,” asserted Mushtaq Ahmed, trader, a fourth-generation Darjeeling native.

GJM followers on Saturday night set ablaze two more panchayat offices at Alay and Dalim in Gorubathan block in Kalimpong.