GJM bandh: Army called in Darjeeling (Siliguri & Duars)

As the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha bandh takes violent turn, the administration has called in the Army to control the situation.There has been reports of police lathicharge and use of teargas against the stone-throwing anti-Gorkhaland picketers in Darjeeling.There were fresh tensions in Darjeeling on Monday where the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, who are demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland, called an indefinite bandh. The bandh was relaxed on Thursday so that the tourists who were stranded could leave the hill station.Over the last two days, there’s been a virtual exodus of tourists from the popular hill station.But now, a 48-hour bandh has been called in Siliguri which is at the foothills. It has been called by a group opposed to the Gorkha movement.Now no vehicles are being allowed to go into Darjeeling from the plains.Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee has called an all-party meeting on June 17 to discuss the Darjeeling crisis arising out of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha’s demand for separate Gorkhaland state.

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