Darjeeling unrest: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha slams Modi government
Darjeeling unrest: GJM protest to continue; Rajnath appeals for calm
Darjeeling unrest: Shutdown continues, thousands gather for GJM protest rally
Darjeeling unrest highlights: Gorkhaland supporters take out silent rally; Rajnath Singh appeals for calm
Normal life was affected in the Darjeeling hills for the fourth consecutive day, as the indefinite bandh called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) continued on Sunday amid a protest rally.
The GJM called the protest rally with bodies of three of its supporters who were killed allegedly in police firing on Saturday.
Thousands of Gorkhaland supporters occupy the 1.5km stretch between Darjeeling railway station and old supermarket, where the bodies of the three supporters killed on Saturday are to arrive.
A large contingent of the army, paramilitary and the police stood guard at some distance.
Vehicles were off the roads and shops and business establishments in the picturesque hill station downed their shutters.
The 12-hour bandh called in the adjoining Dooars region to protest the alleged police attrocities, however, had partial impact.
Bimal Gurung, the chief of the GJM which rules the semi-autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, in a video statement released on Saturday evening from his hideout urged people from all over the hills and the adjoining areas to gather at Chawkbazar to pay “tributes to the three martyrs”.
Police, however, declined permission to hold the rally. A senior police official was quoted by PTI as saying, “No one has been given permission to hold a rally in the hills.”
Police, who are on high alert after Saturday’s violence and arson, conducted route marches with the army in several parts of the hills.
Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of government and GTA offices, and various entry-exit points of the hills. Several woman police personnel were also deployed.