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Darjeeling: Exodus by residents, labourers amid indefinite GJM strike

The protestors calls for a separate Gorkhaland, a long-pending demand of the people of the hills

ANI  |  Darjeeling 

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

Amid the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills which entered its ninth day today, Residents and labourers were seen leaving the area due to the indefinite strike called by (GJM) for a separate

"All things are under close watch. Regarding forces we don't want to make any comment," Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Vivek Sahai said.

Meanwhile, a major demonstration was held in Bengaluru city on Tuesday in support of demand for

Even as the indefinite strike called by entered into its eighth day yesterday, left for her Netherlands visit.

Mamata, who left to address a meeting, said her ministers were monitoring the situation in violence-hit Darjeeling.

"Violent protests won't be tolerated. My ministers are monitoring the situation," she told ANI at Kolkata airport.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister on Saturday said he has spoken to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over the law and order situation in Darjeeling.

Thirty-six policemen were injured on Saturday in clashes with the supporters.

The announced an indefinite strike encompassing Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Dooars protesting against Mamata Banerjee's decision to make Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools.

The strike was called even after the Chief Minister assured that the new rule would not be imposed in the hill districts.

The protestors are also asking for a separate Gorkhaland, a long-pending demand of the people of the hills.

Earlier in the day, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung claimed that the West Bengal Police are illegally entering their supporters' houses and torturing them and also accused them of killing two of his supporters.

He said that would further strengthen their agitation.

tore into the supporters and said that they aren't listening to the court, even after it had passed an order citing the bandh was "illegal."

reviewed the security situation in West Bengal's Darjeeling by sending more troops to help restore normalcy as the state government has not yet submitted its report on the situation.

First Published: Wed, June 21 2017. 15:51 IST
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