Darjeeling gears up for Gorkhaland stir


All state government offices in Darjeeling hills were put on alert as the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has directed that every signboards in the region should carry the word ‘Gorkhaland’ from Thursday.

All state government offices in the hills were asked to keep their guards alert and in no case allow GJM activists to write ‘Gorkhaland’ in office signboards, Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) K L Tamta said.

Besides government offices, the GJM leadership has asked all shops, business establishments and private offices to write ‘Gorkhaland’ in their signboards from tomorrow. If the dictate was not carried out, GJM has said that they will do the job themselves.

Tamta said six companies of additional forces were requisitioned to the state authority apprehending untoward incidents centering the issue, he said.

Home Secretary Asoke Mohan Chakraborty had told reporters earlier this week that the Government did not have sufficient infrastructure to resist illegal activities of GJM which included writing Gorkhaland on government office sign boards and restriction of movement of vehicles bearing ‘GL’ (Gorkhaland) number plates.

He had also hinted at taking soft attitude towards GJM activities in the ‘greater interest’ of peace in the hills and expressed hope that the GJM leadership would not do any mischief which might affect the prospect of tripartite talks aimed at finding a solution to the Darjeeling problem.


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