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Normal life disrupted in Darjeeling by GJM Day 3 shutdown

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Gorkhaland Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) call for indefinite bandh over the death of two activists in police firing has disrupted the normal life in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills as the shut down continued to the third day and there is no hint when this deadlock is going to end.

As per report of the sources, shops, markets, banks, business establishments and offices remained closed and vehicles were not seen plying on the roads today in the three sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong. Moreover, all the tea gardens were also closed in response to the bandh.

Widespread violence erupted from Tuesday when the two GJM supporters were killed in the police firing at Sipchu in Jalpaiguri district. Several tourist lodges, forest bungalows, fire service stations, a check post, two police outposts and other government offices were torched, and rifles and ammunition looted allegedly by GJM activists in Darjeeling hill sub-divisions.

Rallies with slogans demanding the formation of a new state of Gorkhaland is the main reason which triggered the bandh.

GJM has also exempted the census work and students appearing for examinations from the purview of the indefinite bandh.

Sources have reported that top GJM leaders are expected to hold meeting today in the evening to decide the continuity of shutdown.

Police have filed cases against five GJM leaders, including party president Bimal Gurung, for their alleged involvement in violence that started at Nagrakata in Jalpaiguri district before spreading at lightning speed in Darjeeling district.

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