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Gorkhaland movement: GJM calls for indefinite strike across Darjeeling from Monday

20 Juin 2017

The latest bout of agitations in the hills was ostensibly triggered by GJM's opposition to the chief minister's announcement that students in schools in the state have to learn Bengali till class 10.

The GJM supporters were also seen picketing on the National Highways and other roads across the hills and stopping the few jeeps and cars that plied with the tourists.

West Bengal CM has termed the GJM violence as "abhorrent" and said that the hills are peaceful now.

As GJM and the Trinamool Congress traded barbs, locals brewed the famous Darjeeling cuppa and stirred up pots of khichdi for the tourists, rendered hotel-less and helpless due to the 12-hour GJM shutdown in the historic town.

In the meeting, Banerjee also proposed for a mini-secretariat in Darjeeling."The mini-secretariat will be named after the legendary mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay", she said.

"This can not be a message of peace", said Banerjee, who made a decision to stay put in the hills after yesterday's clash between GJM supporters and police forcing the deployment of Army here. So have they. But what is the issue on which this agitation is based?

Last night, the government filed an FIR under non- bailable sections at Darjeeling Sadar Police Station against Gurung and GJM general secretary Roshan Giri.

She also warned Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for resorting to violence in Darjeeling and said the state government would not go for any compromise and deal with those who violated law. When asked to make a comment on CPI (M) leader Biman Bose's blame on the TMC government for the present situation, the CM said: "The CPI (M) (the Left Front government) compromised for 34 years in the hills".

The Bhartiya Janta Party has criticized the West Bengal government for failing to contain violence in the Darjeeling hills and demanded that a peace committee be formed to restore peace.

As the situation worsened, the state government requisitioned for help from the Indian Army.

GJM has yet again written to the centre demanding Gorkhaland and mentioned that they would not be able to settle with anything that is not Gorkhaland. After an emergency party meeting at Singmari he said, they are not responsible for the unrest in Darjeeling.

"The situation here took place only after Mamata came here as she only wants to divide people here and cause tension".

The West Bengal (WB) state government of India has deployed Army in Darjeeling district on Thursday after protests against the "forced imposition of Bengali language" in state schools turned violent, reported The Indian Express.

"This strike is unlawful and this is all being done as in the five years that they were here they could do nothing for the people here".

Gorkhaland movement: GJM calls for indefinite strike across Darjeeling from Monday