Normal life in north Bengal unaffected during bandh



Jalpaiguri: Life was largely unaffected in north Bengal, the only region of influence of "Aaamra Bangali" and "Bangla Bhasha Bachao Committee", today by a 24-hour statewide bandh called by the two organisations to demand cancellation of the GTA act.

Barring pockets in Siliguri, Sukna, Panitanki More and Darjeeling More, life was unaffected elsewhere in north Bengal.

Official sources said the bandh did not have any impact in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong sub-divisions.

Ten Aamra Bangali supporters were arrested at Hashmichowk in Siliguri for burning an effigy of GJM president Bimal Gurung.

The GTA polls are scheduled for July 29.

The GJM had earlier threatened to boycott the polls over the Justice Shyamal Sen- headed committee recommendations on territorial inclusion of the Dooars and Terai that it had rejected.

PTI