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Two vehicles were set ablaze by the Gorkhaland agitators in the Darjeeling hills on Wednesday amidst special security arrangements as the indefinite shutdown called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) entered its 56th day.
According to the police, in the morning, a truck carrying newspapers was set on fire by the agitators in Kurseong and another truck carrying food supplies was set ablaze in Kalimpong in the early hours.
With the GJM threatening to step up the agitation in view of the expiry of its "deadline" to the Centre for intervention to resolve the crisis, the police and security personnel have made special security arrangements in the hills and are keeping a tight vigil to avoid any untoward incident.
The police contingent went up to Patlebas, a stronghold of GJM supremo Bimal Gurung.
Both Singhmari and Patlebas have witnessed several incidents of violence involving the GJM activists and police in the last couple of months.
The GJM took out rallies in various parts of the hills, demanding restoration of the Internet services, which have remained banned in the hills since June 18, and an immediate withdrawal of police from Darjeeling.
In the morning, some political party activists, dressed in the traditional Nepali attire, also took out rallies and raised slogans in support of Gorkhaland.
With the food supply severely hit due to the shutdown, GJM activists and NGOs were seen distributing food among the locals.
Barring the medicine shops, all other shops, business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed.