Darjeeling unrest: ‘Will not allow division of Bengal,’ asserts Mamata; GJM to continue with indefinite strike

Darjeeling has been witnessing an indefinite shut down for over two weeks now. The demonstrations had begun on June 9 as protesters took to streets when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held her first Cabinet meeting in the Hills.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 29, 2017 7:44 pm
Mamata banerjee, West Bengal chief minister, west bengal division, gorkhaland, darjeeling protest West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)

Amid ongoing protests in Darjeeling spearheaded by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) demanding a separate Gorkhaland, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday asserted that she will not allow the division of the state, news agency PTI reported.

Meanwhile, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Thursday announced that they will continue with ongoing indefinite strike in Darjeeling, after an all party meeting in Kalimpong. Darjeeling has been witnessing an indefinite shut down for over two weeks now. The demonstrations had begun on June 9 as protesters took to streets when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held her first Cabinet meeting in Darjeeling.

The state had, in response, requisitioned the Army on the same day. The agitators have been demanding the creation of a separate state by the name Gorkhaland leading to violent protests and unrest in the region.

On Wednesday, the Indian Army had confirmed that they had withdrawn from Darjeeling. “Army has been derequisitioned from Darjeeling and adjacent areas on June 24. The troops are not deployed in aid of civil administration any more,” the Army’s Eastern Command issued a statement yesterday.

The situation in the region seemed to have calmed down prior to a meeting involving all pro-Gorkhaland Hill parties on Thursday. The paramilitary forces continue to patrol areas as several smaller rallies are still being taken out. Meanwhile, internet services still remain suspended as the ‘situation of emergency continues’, Darjeeling DM Joyshree Dasgupta claimed. Dasgupta extended the suspension till June 30 over fears of “unsubstantiated information” being circulated to incite violence. This has affected the students in the region who have not been able to fill college admission forms.

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    Praveen Singha
    Jun 30, 2017 at 7:39 am
    I think the region of Darjeeling should become a new state of Gor nd. West Bengal since Independence is too large and has not served the minority communities well. It is now a Bengali muslim/ hindu state. Too much corruption and nepotism in Bengal. Darjeeling and adjoining areas are indeed being treated as second class citizens. TMC and the CPI are a disaster to this region.
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      binod rai
      Jun 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm
      is mamta above indian cons utions ?? Gujrat was part of Maharashtra and today it is one of the most prosperous state of India, like wise other states were carved out of existing states. division of Bengal ?? there is no division, Darjeeling was never part of Bengal but of Nepal and Sikkim, SO WHAT DIVISION SHE IS TALKING ABOUT ? it was a b er when India got independent it was merged to Bengal.. Bengal govt has killed enough Gorkhas in 1986 (more than 2000 civilians though official figure is only 1200), Mamta govt killed 3 unarmed young people on 8th June. British was much better for us than West Bengal govt, today every thing we have, tea, tourism, schools, hydroelectricity, hospitals were built by British, let Mamta explain what WB govt has done from 1947 till now for us ?? nothing, but taking away all our resources destroying it when ever we demand Gor nd. I think Darjeeling is the only place in whole india where people miss british raj.. they were better master
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        Praveen Singha
        Jun 30, 2017 at 7:46 am
        I agree with you.The Bengali mindset is self serving selfish and corrupt. This is why there are Naxalites and poverty.They are not progressive people. I am stereotyping them based on all the Bengali Movies I have seen. Very depressing people. Not loyal to India
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          Binoj Vin
          Jun 30, 2017 at 9:54 pm
          what about BIMARU states, Bengal is not part of these BIMARu states BTB
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            Binoj Vin
            Jun 30, 2017 at 9:56 pm
            what about BIMARU states, Bengal is not part of these BIMARu states BTB
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              Gopal Das
              Jul 1, 2017 at 12:09 am
              You are right. All other states are progressive. They are killing people in the name Gow raksha.
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            M Jalem
            Jun 29, 2017 at 9:57 pm
            It is the time for realism. Bengal has already been divide once. Time to talk to the Gorkhas.
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              romi
              Jun 29, 2017 at 9:16 pm
              big talk gurkha will soon teach this mad lady a lesson
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                Praveen Singha
                Jun 30, 2017 at 7:48 am
                I shall endorse you. Jai Gor nd. Jai Hind. You are loyal Bhartiya .
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                  Jun 29, 2017 at 10:04 pm
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                  Vikrant
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 8:40 pm
                  These people support jihadi stone throwers of Kashmir, support anti national slogans shouters in their own state universities that talk of destruction of india and separation of kashmir and north east states. But when it comes to the state of which she is CM, that cannot be divided? Why so that she can loot as much as she can.. after all she has been a congress servant most of her life
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                    Rahul Dave
                    Jun 29, 2017 at 8:33 pm
                    Bengal will be soon divided sooner than later, because of appea t of Muslims by Mamta and TMC. Soon The Muslims will take over TMC and rule the state. At that stage, the Hindus will have no way out than to ask Delhi to make another state for Hindu Bengalis and Gor nd. It will happen in Mamta Banerji's lifetime, and she will have to tolerate that break. IT WAS AFTER ALL HER OWN FOLLY.
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                      Gopal Das
                      Jul 1, 2017 at 12:24 am
                      You need not think about WB. In WB Bengali:non Bengali are in 40:60 ratio. People of WB will decide what to do. People from all other states permanently live here. WB never objected to it. It is cosmopolitan state. So think about your own.
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                      chitta
                      Jun 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm
                      Mamata Banerjee has all quality to become India's Prime Minister. She will treat both Hindu and Muslims equal and maintain peace and harmony in India.
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                        Notional Critic
                        Jun 29, 2017 at 10:09 pm
                        I agree with BOB.
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