Tourists told to leave Darjeeling as bandh becomes indefinite

Tourists in Darjeeling were on Monday asked to leave the hills by today by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha which called a 24-hour bandh and then changed it into an indefinite one.
“We have told the tourists to leave. Though we allowed vehicles to run on Monday, transport will not be allowed from Tuesday,” GJM president Bimal Gurung told PTI from Darjeeling.
Tourists, who were unable to leave today, could be assisted by the GJM to leave Darjeeling, he said.
“We have also told tourist operators in Kolkata not to send tourists from Tuesday because of the indefinite bandh which will inconvenience them,” he said.
The bandh was called by GJM to protest the police lathicharge on its supporters on Sunday after a clash with supporters of two organisations Jana Jagaran and Jana Chetna which Gurung alleges were backed by the state’s ruling CPI(M).
“The Jana Jagaran and Jana Chetna have been propped up by CPI(M) which they are using against us and attacking our supporters and also those on hunger strike to demand permission for holding a rally at Naxalbari, which the administration has turned down,” he said.
He demanded the Centre’s intervention. “Our movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland is democratic, which is sought to be suppressed.” (The Hindu)

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