GJM bandh paralyses normal life in Darjeeling for second day

Shops, business establishments, schools and educational institutions were closed, vehicles were off roads and government offices recorded no attendance.

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 16:41 PM IST

Darjeeling: The indefinite bandh called
by the GJM to protest police firing at Sipchu in Jalpaiguri
district that left two persons dead, paralysed normal life for
the second day, even as no untoward incident was reported.

Shops, business establishments, schools and educational
institutions were closed, vehicles were off roads and
government offices recorded no attendance, officials said.

Darjeeling District Magistrate PM K Gandhi said that
the situation in the Hills was now under control and no major
incident had been reported since yesterday.

The BSF personnel conducted flag marches at Kalimpong
sub-division, the DM said, adding, the Sub-Divisional Officers
have been asked to prepare a report of the loss of public
property in the GJM violence after the Sipchu police firing.

The Darjeeling Superintendent of Police D P Singh, said
the situation was fast returning to normal in the Hills.

In Jalpaiguri district too nothing untoward has been
reported since this morning.

The Special IGP (Darjeeling) N Ramesh Babu said that
FIRs had been filed against senior GJM leaders - Harkabhadur
Chetri, Kalyan Dewan, Binay Tamang (assistant secretary of
GJM), Norden Lama and others for instigating mob violence.

Harkabhadur Chhetri alleged that the filing of FIRs
against GJM leaders showed the state government`s vendetta
against GJM leaders.

The Forest Department has lost property worth around Rs
seven crore in the GJM violence, they said.

PTI