statesman news service
Darjeeling, 4 August
The GJMM chief Bimal Gurung today said all residents Darjeeling should participate in the Gorkhaland movement from tomorrow.
Mr Gurung, who quit as chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration to press for statehood, said more supporters would hit the streets from tomorrow and hold pickets.
The West Bengal government has already issued orders to state government employees in the hills to attend duties or face salary deductions and loss of seniority.
Five CRPF companies comprising 500 personnel are deployed in the hills.
Official sources said a company of CRPF women and four of men are patrolling the hill area to maintain law and order. Two other companies are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. Six members of the GJMM were today arrested for stopping the vehicle of Superintendent of Police during the bandh in Darjeeling hills. According to the police, GJMM members, including a woman, were arrested early this morning for stopping the vehicle of Superintendent of Police Kunal Agarwal during the second day of the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling and other pending cases against them.They were arrested from their residences here and taken to Darjeeling Sadar police station for interrogation, sources said.
A large number of GJMM supporters and local leaders gheraoed the Sadar police station at about 10.30 a.m. and demanded their immediate release. The arrested persons were later taken to Darjeeling District Hospital amid sloganeering by GJMM supporters, sources said.
In a separate incident, GJMM supporters set ablaze a passenger vehicle on NH-31A at Kalijhora in Kalimpong sub-division. The police and CRPF personnel have been patrolling the areas and Special Striking Force have reached there to nab the miscreants, they said. Meanwhile, normal life continues to be paralysed in the Darjeeling hills on the second day today due to an indefinite bandh demanding a separate Gorkhaland state.
All shops, markets remained closed in the three hill sub-divisions.