Published by compdiskinc on June 12, 2017

Darjeeling turns into garrison as GJM calls for bandh, asks tourists to leave

Darjeeling turns into garrison as GJM calls for bandh, asks tourists to leave

One of India’s most popular mountain resorts, Darjeeling witnesses an ugly confrontation between the Mamata Banerjee government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
A major deployment of security personnel was made in Darjeeling today, as the GJM called an indefinite bandit and a boycott of all government offices. The paramilitary forces patrolled the town this morning to ensure that the situation remained under control.

The paramilitary jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) were deployed in Darjeeling in large numbers. The forces are equipped with riot gear.
In the midst of growing tension, GJM President Bimal Gurun warned tourists that they should immediately leave Darjeeling.
Bimal Gurung said: “The situation is getting worse, and anything can happen. Tourists must understand this. If they wish to remain behind, they can do so at their own risk. I ask them to leave.

Bimal Gurung is an elected member of the Gorkha Territorial Administration, which is an autonomous body for the governance of what is called the Gorkha region of West Bengal.
Responding to the warning from Bimal Gurung, West Bengal Minister of Tourism Goutam Deb said: “This is an extra-constitutional saying that is clearly illegal. Gurung runs a self-governing authoritative mandate It is not above the law. ”

Meanwhile, section 144 was imposed in Darjeeling sensitive areas. Areas where important government offices are located have been heavily protected.
The toy train services – a major attraction for tourists – have been suspended, but schools and colleges are open. It was reported that the traffic was thin in the city of Darjeeling, as many people chose to stay at home fearing violence.

The GJM is part of the NDA, which reigns at the Center, while a fierce political opponent of the TMC, which governs West Bengal. The GJM has kept educational institutions, transport and hotels out of reach of the stop.
The GJM, which runs the GTA, also issued a diktat to banks to open only twice a week.
The government of the Trinamool Congress, for its part, ordered all its employees and those of the institutions to receive subsidies in order to attend the office every day until the unrest continued, Service shall be deemed to be an interruption of service.

“All state government offices in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts will remain open and all employees should report homework every day until this bandh is not withdrawn,” a government said.
“Any absence will be considered as an interruption of service and no salary will be eligible unless there is a reasonable cause,” the notification said.

The GJM on Friday called a 12-hour gang in the hills against the government’s decision Mamata Banerjee to introduce the Bengali language in colleges, one day after Darjeeling, the picturesque northern Bengal city known worldwide for its Tea industry, witnessed large-scale violence.
A day earlier, supporters and GJM workers clashed with the police and set fire to several government vehicles during widespread protests about the introduction of the Bengali language into hill schools.

The army was to be called to mark marches in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong to restore peace. The problem of the sensitive language provided the spark that re-integrated the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
“The government has encroached on our identity, our Nepali language. We will never tolerate it,” Gurung said, adding that “we are ready for judicial arrest, we will have to go to jail for agitation.”

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