Jalpaiguri: The indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills, which entered its seventh day Tuesday, was relaxed for 12 hours from 6 am, GJM chief Bimal Gurung has said.
The proposed Kumani-Sankosh padayatra to press for a
separate Gorkhaland was also called off by him subject to
police allowing GJM supporters coming on foot from Dooars and
other areas to meet him.
"GJM supporters coming to meet me from Dooars and
other areas should not be barred by the police," Gurung, who
is camping at Kumani on the border of Darjeeling and
Jalpaiguri districts for the past several days to hold the
proposed padayatra, told reporters here today.
Asked if he would consider withdrawing the bandh in
case officials of the Election Commission came to Darjeeling,
he said, "Permission should be first given for a padayatra by
GJM in the Dooars. Only then will I consider withdrawing the
The bandh has hit normal life with LPG, vegetables and
essential commodities becoming scarce. Vehicular traffic has
come to a standstill across the district and offices and
schools are closed.
Trouble broke out in Darjeeling following the death of
GJM supporters in police firing during a clash between the
women`s wing of the GJM and the police in Dooars on February