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Indefinite strikes to start in Darjeeling demanding a separate 'Gorkhaland'

The GJM supporters are also protesting against alleged imposition of Bengali in their schools

ANI  |  Darjeeling [India] 

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Mamata Banerjee

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) will go on an indefinite strike from Monday demanding a separate state of 'Gorkhaland'.

"We will go on strike from Monday. Bengal government takes so much revenue from us but it only encroach our territory. We want our and will not negotiate on this matter. We will not do any violence," Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) president told ANI.

Meanwhile, general secretary Roshan Giri said that an all party meeting has been called on June 13 to discuss the matter.

"Offices of Territorial Administration, Bengal government and Central Government will be closed from Monday.

Court will be open. Banks will be open on Monday and Thursday. School and colleges have been exempted from bandh. We appealed to put all sign boards in Darjeeling, Kerseong, Kalimpong, Mirik and other places in Nepali and English," Giri told ANI.

"We have also written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh apprising him as to how suppresses us," he added.

On Saturday, Gurung asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee not to do or promote 'divisive' in the state.

"I request Mamata Banerjee that she is a chief minister and she must not do divisive Her dictatorial will find a place in the Guinness book soon," Gurung told ANI.

He assured that the will talk to the Centre as the state government is trying to suppress for her own political interest.

"We will talk to the Centre and will send a letter to Prime Minister and Home Minister as well regarding all the atrocities. The state government is doing to suppress for her own political interest," he said.

On Friday, a PIL was filed in the Calcutta High Court against the bandh called by in Darjeeling, declaring it to be 'unconstitutional and illegal'.

The matter will be brought up for hearing this week.

Chief Minister Banerjee has branded the protest as 'abhorrent' and appealed to the people of the region to maintain peace.

The supporters are also protesting against the alleged imposition of Bengali in the schools of the hills.

The agitation arose from an announcement made by Mamata Banerjee earlier that Bengali would be taught compulsorily up to Class 10 in the state schools.

After the cadres clashed with the police following their protests against Mamata's visit to Darjeeling and her decision to make Bengali compulsory in syllabus of schools across the state, the Army was called in to control the situation.

According to reports, the protest led by the turned violent after protesters resorted to vandalism as they torched police vehicles and attacked policemen.

First Published: Mon, June 12 2017. 04:36 IST