Centre: Won’t send more force till West Bengal govt submits report

On June 13, the Centre had sought a report from the West Bengal government on the situation in the hills, where GJM has launched a movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

Written by Ravik Bhattacharya | Darjeeling | Updated: June 17, 2017 5:18 am
gorkhaland, darjeeling bandh, gorkha Janmukti Morcha, gorkhaland bandh, Tourists stranded in Darjeeling, on Friday. Express Photo by Partha Paul

As stranded tourists, shut shops and sporadic incidents of arson marked the second day of the indefinite bandh called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in the hills, the Centre on Friday held back additional paramilitary personnel who were supposed to be sent to Darjeeling till the West Bengal government sends a report on the situation there.

The 400 additional personnel, whom the Home Ministry had on Thursday decided to send to Darjeeling on a request from the state government, will not be dispatched immediately.

“We will take a decision on sending additional paramilitary forces only when we make an assessment of the prevailing situation… It is possible only when we receive a report from the state government,” a home ministry spokesperson said.

On June 13, the Centre had sought a report from the West Bengal government on the situation in the hills, where GJM has launched a movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

Around 1,000 central paramilitary personnel, including 200 women, have already been deployed.

Hundreds of tourists were seen stranded on Friday morning at Darjeeling’s Chowk Bazar area. Advised by hotel owners to leave, families were seen waiting in long queues for any mode of transport to Siliguri. The closure of shops had led to a shortage of food and water.

gorkhaland, darjeeling bandh, gorkha Janmukti Morcha, gorkhaland bandh, Army personnel conducted patrols at Patlaybass, a stronghold of GJM chief Bimal Gurung. Express photo by Partha Paul.

“We are from Canada. We came here a week ago. Now, we are waiting for some mode of transport to Siliguri so that we can take a flight to Kolkata. We were not prepared for this,” said Allan, who was waiting at the bus stand with his two friends.

Meanwhile, government vehicles were vandalised on NH-10. In the early hours of Friday, a medical unit at Rammam Hydel Project in Lodhoma was torched. A customer care centre of the West Bengal State Electricity Development Corporation Limited was set ablaze too.

Army personnel conducted patrols at Patlaybass, a stronghold of GJM chief Bimal Gurung.

WITH ENS, DELHI

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    Parth Garg
    Jun 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm
    By issuing such statement the Centre is proving that it has an indirect support to the GJM agitators. It wants to rule WB through back door.
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    Mathura
    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm
    To kill Kisan agitation they sent 4000 strong forces to MP without any delay. Darjeeling BJP MP became MP because of support of agitating organisation.BJP sided with Akalis who do not want to Honour Gill for Finishing Khalistan. Clueless Home Ministry passes of Spain - Mrooco Border pciture as Indo Pak Border to publicise its annual achievement of flood lighting indo pak Border. For more information of home ministry passing off of Spain - Mrooco Border pciture as Indo Pak Border to publicise its annual achievement of flood lighting indo pak Border various news papers dated. 14 th June. Mamta as Chief Minister is far better than Clueless home Minister / Pradahan Sevak
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    Ashish
    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:14 pm
    Feeling very sad for Darjeeling situation . This could have been avoided should be discussed verbally with GJM before violence broke out .This is the complete failure of Ms. Banaerjee administration she is only shouting shouting .....She should have controlled the situation but due to her ego problem is moved ahead with her decision . Now when the situation goes out of hand she called the same ARMY, whom she insulted on Kashmir issue this is irony of Indian Politics.Still she is fighting with GJM,She is CM of Bengal She must forget her EGO concentrate development agenda instead of shouting ofr language issue. Before this on BJP beef banning issue she said they are diminishing freedom of choice ,freedom of eatin.. Now what she is doing in Bengal ,she is making people who are not interested in Bengali language ,she is forcing them to learn Bengali ---now where is freedom of choice... .I would appreciate if she left languae issue to the people of bengal schools ....
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    pramod
    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm
    Situation in Darjeeling is very terrible and sad. It is a shame on whole Bengal. It is shame on Momota Missionary-Mullah brigade for imposing Bengala language in hills. Central government must intervene to control the situation. Didi is now turning into Darjeeling Destroyer (DD).
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    DR MISS
    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm
    DIDI WILL GET BIG HELP FROM CENTER SURELY PRACTICALLY SPEAKING I WISH TO TRAVEL DARJEELING IF I FIND TIME AS IT IS BEUTIFUL PLACE IN W BENGAL
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    DR MISS
    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    people of darjeeling should get peace we r proud of gorkha regiment served for battle against pakisthan china darjeeling is suitable place for tourist near mount everest pray to god to get peace in darjeeling very soon from DR MISS ANJU BHATTACHARYYA EX FELLOW OF JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY CALCUTTA IIT NEW DELHI-110016 M-9711168130
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    Mathura
    Jun 17, 2017 at 10:25 am
    Clueless Home Ministry passes of Spain - Mrooco Border pciture as Indo Pak Border to publicise its annual achievement of flood lighting indo pak Border. For more information of home ministry passing off of Spain - Mrooco Border pciture as Indo Pak Border to publicise its annual achievement of flood lighting indo pak Border various news papers dated 14 th June. To kill Kisan agitation they sent forces to MP without any delay. Darjeeling BJP MP became MP because of support of agitating organisation
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    indian man
    Jun 17, 2017 at 9:26 am
    Shame on Mamata Banerjee for making Kashmir like situation in Darjeling .
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