Darjeeling turmoil: GJM calls indefinite shutdown from Monday demanding separate ‘Gorkhaland’ state

The Mamata Banerjee-led government's decision to make Bengali mandatory up to class 10 had triggered the present round of movement.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2017 8:19 pm
Darjeeling strike, Darjeeling protests, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Gorkhaland, mamata banerjee, darjeeling indefinite shutdown, india news, indian express From right: Bimal Gurung, Roshon Giri at Malidhura Darjeeling at the central committee meeting on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Express photo by Partha Paul.

In the wake of ongoing unrest in the northern West Bengal hills, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Saturday called for an indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling from Monday in support of its demand for a separate Gorkhaland state. “All central and state government offices, banks, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration offices will be closed as part of the shutdown from Monday. However, schools and colleges will be outside the purview of the shutdown,” GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri told media persons after the party’s central committee meeting.

As part of the protest, Block Development Offices, Sub-divisional Offices and District Magistrate’s offices will also be closed. The state government’s revenue sources like electricity, mines and boulders will also be part of the shutdown, Giri said.

The Mamata Banerjee-led government’s decision to make Bengali mandatory up to class 10 had triggered the present round of movement. On Thursday, Darjeeling turned into a virtual battlefield after GJM supporters clashed with the police when they were stopped from marching to the Raj Bhawan where the state cabinet meeting was underway.

The GJM also announced that signboards in Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Mirik and several parts of Dooars and Terai could be written only in Nepali and/or English.

Giri further said there would be torchlight rallies in various wards and assembly constituencies of the hills from 7 to 8 pm starting Monday for the sake of ‘Gorkhaland’s revival. “There will also be mass signature campaign in favour of Gorkhaland. The signatures will be sent to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister,” he added.

Earlier in the day, GJM supremo Bimal Gurung said agitation in Darjeeling hills will not stop until and unless a separate Gorkhaland is created. “If TMC wants to play with fire they will regret it,” he said. “We will appeal to the people not to cooperate with the state government. It is taking away so much resources from the hills and what are the people of the hills getting? We are getting nothing. This has to stop. We will fight for our freedom and will not allow the divisive politics in the hills,” Gurung said.

With inputs from IANS, PTI

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    Samson
    Jun 11, 2017 at 12:30 am
    Hopefully Didi will crush this Rebellion with full force before RSS and BJP create another Kashmir like situation for their political greed.
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      Pritam
      Jun 11, 2017 at 12:26 am
      This is RSS/BJP Orchestrated and aided Terrorism to harm Mamata Banerjee who won more seats than ever in Darjee MCD elections. This show how dangerous RSS and BJP are for the country. They are already instigating Religious and Caste riots hate crimes, Lynchings, Dalit Flogging and burning their houses. Didi will prevail and RSS and BJP will be dismantled in the country sooner or later.
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        indian man
        Jun 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm
        Mamata Banerjee is on a mission to separate west Bengal from India. So that she could become prime minister of West Bengal.
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          Kumar
          Jun 10, 2017 at 10:36 pm
          The destructive movement is totally undemocratic and should not be allowed by any means. Everybody should praise Mamata Banerjee's hand of the situation. Breaking an already small state will hamper total development. Unity is strength and it ensures peace and prosperity.
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            Kumar
            Jun 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm
            The destructive movement is totally undemocratic and should not be allowed by any means. Everybody should Mamata Banerjee's hand of the situation. Breaking an already small state will hamper total development.
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              Manas Sarkar
              Jun 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm
              Just take these few leaders of this GJM, all will b stopped. Now they don't have support of common people.
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                L bhadrapati Devi
                Jun 10, 2017 at 9:27 pm
                Gur nd state demand is a long pending demand since GNLF time. More violence in the coming months due to violence draconian crushing of democratic movement.
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                  Manas Sarkar
                  Jun 10, 2017 at 9:36 pm
                  This is not a valid demand. Also such a small state can't survive, as they don't have any income. Now it will be smashed by the current govt, as GJM loss their base.
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