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Don`t visit Darjeeling: West Bengal to tourists

The West Bengal government on Wednesday asked tourists not to visit Darjeeling saying the situation in the hills was extremely bad in the wake of violent protests to demand a separate Gorkhaland state.



Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Wednesday
asked tourists not to visit Darjeeling saying the situation in
the hills was extremely bad in the wake of violent protests to
demand a separate Gorkhaland state.

"The situation there is extremely bad and I will not
suggest anyone to visit the hills right now," Tourism Minister
Manab Mukherjee said.
Tourists, including foreigners, have been evacuated
from violence-hit hills and brought to the plains, he said.

"According to information available with me, no
tourist is stranded in Darjeeling due to the violence which
has dealt a great blow to the state`s tourism," Mukherjee told
reporters here.

He said the evacuation process of tourists started
from yesterday itself and it continued today too.

"This morning, 7-8 foreigners were brought to the
plains from Darjeeling. A 35-member tourist team, stranded
along Sikkim-West Bengal border at Mallibazar, is being
brought down to the plains," he said.

"No idea if any tourist is stranded in Sikkim," he
said in reply to a question.
Mukherjee said agitating GJM activists targeted the
tourist spots, going by the arson of forest bungalows. Four
such bungalows have been burnt down at Lava.

PTI

From Zee News

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