The Calcutta High Court today directed the West Bengal government to take steps to restore peace and normalcy in unrest-hit Darjeeling hills where a shutdown has been called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
The directions were passed by a division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty.
The bench also directed the state to make an estimate of the loss of government and private property due to the agitation.
It asked petitioner Ramaprasad Sarkar to serve notice to GJM chief Bimal Gurung and party general secretary Roshan Giri, who are respondents in the petition.
Violence erupted in Darjeeling during an agitation by GJM on June nine when a cabinet meeting was being held at the Raj Bhawan there.
The hills have been restive since then and incidents of violence and arson have been reported from Darjeeling town and some other places in the hills.
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