Siliguri: The 48-hour bandh called by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha crippled life in Darjeeling hills on Saturday, even as suspected members of the outfit damaged six vehicles on a highway connecting the region to Sikkim, police said.
"The attack on six private vehicles on NH 31A, the road link to Sikkim, might have been carried out by members of Highway Protection Committee, an unofficial wing of GJM, to
tactically enforce the bandh without directly violating the Supreme Court order to keep the highway out of the purview of shutdowns," IGP (North Bengal) KL Tamta said.
The highway was open, but movement of vehicles to Sikkim
was less than normal as the news of the attack on the vehicles
spread, Tamta said.
Meanwhile, the three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling,
Kalimpong and Kurseong wore a deserted look with all shops,
markets and business establishments closed and vehicles
keeping off the roads.
With the administrative-level tripartite talks on
Gorkhaland failing to yield results, the GJM has revived its
agitation for a separate state.
The party has called a separate 10-day bandh on June 12
GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told a news agency that the party
has been "forced" to renew its demand for Gorkhaland as both
the state and the Centre was not ready to consider its demand
for demarcation of territory for the proposed interim hill
council, which has demanded inclusion of Siliguri and
adjoining areas in the Dooars and Terai.