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Two CRPF companies arrive in Darjeeling, two more to arrive

Press Trust of India 

The security forces stayed on high alert today in the Darjeeling hills which remained incident-free on the 32nd day of the GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

Meanwhile, as per the orders, two companies of the reached in the hills today while two more would be arriving tomorrow in Darjeeling.

The Calcutta High on July 14 had asked the Centre to provide four additional companies of within 48 hours in Darjeeling to maintain and order.

"Two companies of arrived in the hills today and two more will be arriving by tomorrow morning," Darjeeling Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Kumar Chaturvedi said.

Eleven companies of have already been stationed in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.

A report from neighbouring Jalpaiguri district said that the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha started a relay hunger strike at Birpara today demanding Gorkhaland state.

The GJM's women cell also sat on a hunger strike at Jaigaon in the same district, district administration sources said.

GJM supremo Bimal Gurung last night had warned that the agitation would turn 'terrible' in the coming days.

"The agitation which has been going on for over a month now will turn terrible and it will be a decisive battle for our independence," Gurung had told reporters here last night.

"If I need to shed my blood, I am ready to do that, but the fight will go on till Gorkhaland is achieved," Gurung said.

The Army was deployed in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada and police and security forces were patrolling the streets of the hills, which saw rallies being taken out by GJM supporters at Chowkbazar demanding a separate state.

The ban on Internet, which was imposed on June 18, has been extended till July 25 by the district administration yesterday.

Except pharmacy, all the other shops, restaurants,, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed.

With the food supply severely hit due to the ongoing shutdown, GJM activists and NGOs of the hills were seen distributing food items among the people.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 20:57 IST