Bandh in Siliguri, normal life hit

Normal life in Siliguri was hit by a 12-hour `Bangla Bandh` called by a regional outfit.

Siliguri: Normal life in Siliguri and its
adjacent areas was hit by a 12-hour `Bangla Bandh` called by a regional outfit here on Monday.

All shops and business establishments remained closed
as also banks. Attendance in government offices was thin.
Private vehicles were off the roads at the call of the Bangla
O Bangla Bhasa Bachao Committee (BOBBBC).

The BOBBC workers burnt effigies of Gorkha Janamukti
Morcha chief Bimal Gurung and its General Secretary, Roshan
Giri at Hasmi Chawk and shouted slogans against the West
Bengal government and the Centre.

Pro bandh supporters stopped the New Jalpaiguri-bound
Darjeeling Mail, Kanchankanya and Garib Rath trains for about
half an hour, one km before the railway station.

This did not affect the railway schedule, NJP railway
authorities said.
The bandh call was given to oppose the proposed
interim council in Darjeeling Hills which the GJM has
BOBBC president, Mukunda Majumder said the interim
council would be a step towards a separate state of
`Gorkhaland` which would divide West Bengal further and would
not be allowed to be set up.


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