Siliguri: Normal life was partially affected in the city and adjoining areas during a 24-hour bandh called by an anti-Gorkhaland organisation.
The statewide bandh was called by Bangla-o-Bangla-Bhasa
Bachaon Committee (BOBBBC) in protest against the state and
the central government`s "attempt to provide more autonomy and
power to the hill council".
The impact of the shutdown was, however, limited mainly
to Siliguri and adjoining areas and partially in Jalpaiguri
and Coochbehar district where Bengalis and adivasis are
predominant, officials said.
Shops, business establishments, educational institutions,
banks and post offices remained closed and vehicles kept off
the road. Attendance in government offices was also thin.
Ten pro-bandh activists were arrested from Hasmi Chawk
here for allegedly trying to enforce the bandh, a police
The Northeast Frontier Railways diverted the Sikkim
Mahananda Express, Kamakhya-Danapur Express, Kanchankanya
Express and Kamakhya-Puri Express trains, a railway official
Meanwhile, BOBBBC president Mukunda Majumder said "they
would strengthen their movement if the government did not
retreat from giving more power to the council which would make
no difference from a statehood".