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GJM calls off indefinite bandh in Darjeeling

On the backfoot since the May 21 killing of Gorkha leader Madan Tamang, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today called off its indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills.



Darjeeling: On the backfoot since the
May 21 killing of Gorkha leader Madan Tamang, the Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha today called off its indefinite bandh in the
Darjeeling hills.

The bandh since June 19 after a baton charge by CRPF
on activists of GJM`s women wing Nari Mukti Morcha at Kurseong
Police Station was called off by the group`s assistant general
secretary Benoy Tamang.

Tamang said that the bandh was being called off in
view of talks with the Adivasi Bikas Parishad on June 27 on
the change of nomenclature of the proposed separate state from
Gorkhaland to Gorkhaland Adivasi Pradesh.

Two-hour road blockades from 11 am in the three hill
subdivisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong from June
28 would, however, be held to protest against the baton
charge, he said.

Nari Mukti Morcha activists were baton charged while
protesting against the eviction notice served to GJM`s `police
wing` GLP by the West Bengal government, to vacate illegally
occupied government guesthouses in the hills.

The GLP or `Gorkhaland police` which once policed the
hills, controlled traffic and kept an eye on whether the
people were properly dressed in traditional Nepali outfits,
were nowhere to be seen, particularly after Tamang`s brutal
killing.

The GLP, after being served with the eviction notice
have vacated five camps in Kurseong, while there were still
two camps in Darjeeling and six in Kalimpong.

Law and order in the hills, where the police had
earlier been absent, was being looked after by the CRPF.
Police sources said the CRPF was undertaking route
marches from 6 am in the morning till late at night each day
in all the three subdivisions.
Government offices had been functioning normally in
spite of the bandh.

Meanwhile, with the summer vacation of boarding
schools in the hills ending tomorrow a large number of
students, including those from Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan and a
few from Russia have begun arriving.
Tourists in the hills have already left following the
bandh.

PTI

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