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Darjeeling unrest: Internet still suspended, GJM activists take out protest

Protesters also burnt effigies of Banerjee and vowed to continue their fight for Gorkhaland

Press Trust of India  |  Darjeeling 

Darjeeling:  GJM supporters burn an effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Kakjhora during their indefinite bandh in Darjeeling on Monday. (Photo:PTI)

Darjeeling: supporters burn an effigy of Chief Minister at Kakjhora during their indefinite bandh in Darjeeling on Monday. (Photo: entry exitPTI)Security forces patrolled the streets in the hills and internet services remained suspended for the second day on Monday as Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters held protest march here demanding Gorkhaland and burnt effigies of Chief Minister

Carrying black flags, protesters, especially the youth, marched on the streets of Chowkbazar area shouting slogans against the state and the chief minister.

Protesters also burnt effigies of Banerjee and vowed to continue their fight for Gorkhaland.

"Three of our activists were killed. We are ready to give our lives but will not stop protesting till we get Gorkhaland," Sirish Pradhan, a worker, said.

Several small processions were taken out by activists in various parts of Darjeeling.

Internet services remained suspended for the second day today.

According to police sources, the step was taken to stop activists from using the to spread "provocative posts".

Security forces patrolled the streets as the situation remained tense on the fifth day of GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown.

"The situation is still very tense. Since morning there has been no incident of violence. But we are on high alert and are prepared for any eventuality," said a senior police officer.

Chief Minister urged all concerned parties and stakeholders to attend an all-party meeting called by the state in Siliguri on June 22 on the prevailing situation in Darjeeling.

She urged the people to maintain peace and said, "Violence cannot be a solution to any problem and only talks can solve it".

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had appealed to the protesters yesterday not to resort to violence and instead, hold dialogue to resolve any issue.

He said resorting to violence would never help them in finding a solution and asked the people living there to remain calm and peaceful.

expressed their "displeasure" with the Centre and questioned the absence of BJP MP from Darjeeling S S Ahluwalia at the time of crisis.

"The role of alliance partner BJP is very unfortunate and very disappointing. We had expected something positive from the part of the Central We feel we are being used as pawns by the Centre and the state," Darjeeling MLA and senior leader Amar Singh Rai said.

is an ally of BJP and it was with the help of that BJP won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat twice in 2009 and 2014.

"We are ready to sit with the Centre anytime. But with the state, the condition would be that they withdraw all forces and allow normalcy to return as a confidence building measure. And we will sit for dialogue with Gorkhaland as the sole agenda," Rai said.

activists had taken out a protest march here yesterday carrying the bodies of two party supporters who, they alleged, were killed in police firing on Saturday.

Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the and GTA offices andentry-exitoints of the hills while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed.

Except medicine shops, all others shops and hotels were closed in the hills.

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Darjeeling unrest: Internet still suspended, GJM activists take out protest

Protesters also burnt effigies of Banerjee and vowed to continue their fight for Gorkhaland

Protesters also burnt effigies of Banerjee and vowed to continue their fight for Gorkhaland Darjeeling: supporters burn an effigy of Chief Minister at Kakjhora during their indefinite bandh in Darjeeling on Monday. (Photo: entry exitPTI)Security forces patrolled the streets in the hills and internet services remained suspended for the second day on Monday as Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters held protest march here demanding Gorkhaland and burnt effigies of Chief Minister
Carrying black flags, protesters, especially the youth, marched on the streets of Chowkbazar area shouting slogans against the state and the chief minister.

Protesters also burnt effigies of Banerjee and vowed to continue their fight for Gorkhaland.

"Three of our activists were killed. We are ready to give our lives but will not stop protesting till we get Gorkhaland," Sirish Pradhan, a worker, said.

Several small processions were taken out by activists in various parts of Darjeeling.

Internet services remained suspended for the second day today.

According to police sources, the step was taken to stop activists from using the to spread "provocative posts".

Security forces patrolled the streets as the situation remained tense on the fifth day of GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown.

"The situation is still very tense. Since morning there has been no incident of violence. But we are on high alert and are prepared for any eventuality," said a senior police officer.

Chief Minister urged all concerned parties and stakeholders to attend an all-party meeting called by the state in Siliguri on June 22 on the prevailing situation in Darjeeling.

She urged the people to maintain peace and said, "Violence cannot be a solution to any problem and only talks can solve it".

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had appealed to the protesters yesterday not to resort to violence and instead, hold dialogue to resolve any issue.

He said resorting to violence would never help them in finding a solution and asked the people living there to remain calm and peaceful.

expressed their "displeasure" with the Centre and questioned the absence of BJP MP from Darjeeling S S Ahluwalia at the time of crisis.

"The role of alliance partner BJP is very unfortunate and very disappointing. We had expected something positive from the part of the Central We feel we are being used as pawns by the Centre and the state," Darjeeling MLA and senior leader Amar Singh Rai said.

is an ally of BJP and it was with the help of that BJP won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat twice in 2009 and 2014.

"We are ready to sit with the Centre anytime. But with the state, the condition would be that they withdraw all forces and allow normalcy to return as a confidence building measure. And we will sit for dialogue with Gorkhaland as the sole agenda," Rai said.

activists had taken out a protest march here yesterday carrying the bodies of two party supporters who, they alleged, were killed in police firing on Saturday.

Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the and GTA offices andentry-exitoints of the hills while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed.

Except medicine shops, all others shops and hotels were closed in the hills.
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Darjeeling unrest: Internet still suspended, GJM activists take out protest

Protesters also burnt effigies of Banerjee and vowed to continue their fight for Gorkhaland

Darjeeling: supporters burn an effigy of Chief Minister at Kakjhora during their indefinite bandh in Darjeeling on Monday. (Photo: entry exitPTI)Security forces patrolled the streets in the hills and internet services remained suspended for the second day on Monday as Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters held protest march here demanding Gorkhaland and burnt effigies of Chief Minister

Carrying black flags, protesters, especially the youth, marched on the streets of Chowkbazar area shouting slogans against the state and the chief minister.

Protesters also burnt effigies of Banerjee and vowed to continue their fight for Gorkhaland.

"Three of our activists were killed. We are ready to give our lives but will not stop protesting till we get Gorkhaland," Sirish Pradhan, a worker, said.

Several small processions were taken out by activists in various parts of Darjeeling.

Internet services remained suspended for the second day today.

According to police sources, the step was taken to stop activists from using the to spread "provocative posts".

Security forces patrolled the streets as the situation remained tense on the fifth day of GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown.

"The situation is still very tense. Since morning there has been no incident of violence. But we are on high alert and are prepared for any eventuality," said a senior police officer.

Chief Minister urged all concerned parties and stakeholders to attend an all-party meeting called by the state in Siliguri on June 22 on the prevailing situation in Darjeeling.

She urged the people to maintain peace and said, "Violence cannot be a solution to any problem and only talks can solve it".

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had appealed to the protesters yesterday not to resort to violence and instead, hold dialogue to resolve any issue.

He said resorting to violence would never help them in finding a solution and asked the people living there to remain calm and peaceful.

expressed their "displeasure" with the Centre and questioned the absence of BJP MP from Darjeeling S S Ahluwalia at the time of crisis.

"The role of alliance partner BJP is very unfortunate and very disappointing. We had expected something positive from the part of the Central We feel we are being used as pawns by the Centre and the state," Darjeeling MLA and senior leader Amar Singh Rai said.

is an ally of BJP and it was with the help of that BJP won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat twice in 2009 and 2014.

"We are ready to sit with the Centre anytime. But with the state, the condition would be that they withdraw all forces and allow normalcy to return as a confidence building measure. And we will sit for dialogue with Gorkhaland as the sole agenda," Rai said.

activists had taken out a protest march here yesterday carrying the bodies of two party supporters who, they alleged, were killed in police firing on Saturday.

Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the and GTA offices andentry-exitoints of the hills while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed.

Except medicine shops, all others shops and hotels were closed in the hills.

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