Cooch Behar (WB): A 24-hour shutdown called by
`Aamra Bangalee` in the plains, to protest against the fourth
round of tripartite talks on a separate Gorkhaland state as
demanded by GJM, received a mixed response in Cooch Behar
district on Monday.
No passenger bus of private operators plied but a few
buses of North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) were
found plying with fewer passengers.
Roadblocks were put up at different places. Train services however did not face any disruption.
Government offices and banks were open but several schools
were closed. Police said the bandh passed off peacefully.
District Aamra Bangalee secretary Haribala Roy claimed
that the people of the region today came out spontaneously to
make the bandh successful.
Earlier reports said that the bandh`s effect was felt
only in Siliguri.
The shutdown to protest the talks and against the
division of West Bengal has been called by anti-GJM local
outfits Aamra Bangali, Bangla O Bangla Bachao Samiti and Shiv