Darjeeling unrest: Mamata Banerjee govt writes to Centre for 10 companies of CRPF

Describing the unrest in the hills as "destructive activities of some extremists," state Director General of Police said the state government would not tolerate this situation and would take strong action against those responsible.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published: June 30, 2017 10:42 pm
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Barely two days after getting the Army withdrawn from the Darjeeling hills, the West Bengal government on Friday rushed to the Centre seeking 10 companies of the CRPF to contain the situation in the strife-torn hills. “We had asked for 10 companies of the CRPF from the Centre for the hills earlier. But they had sent us only four companies of women police personnel and three companies of SSB. We have again asked them for ten companies of CRPF in the hills,” state Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha told reporters at the secretariat today.

Currently, there is only state police, but no Army in the hills, he said.

Describing the unrest in the hills as “destructive activities of some extremists,” Purakayastha said the state government would not tolerate this situation and would take strong action against those responsible.

“Some destructive incidents have occurred in the hills. Some extremist-sponsored destructions in the name of protests were going on there. Our police has shown optimum tolerance, but the state will not tolerate all this and strong action will be taken against those found guilty … Culprits will be arrested,” Purakayastha said.

Going by the current situation in the hills following ransacking of government offices by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists and enforcing an indefinite bandh for carving out a separate state of Gorkhaland out of the West Bengal, the state government has decided to send DG & IGP (Home Guards) Raj Kanojia, the DGP said.

The state government earlier had sent senior police officials to the hills amid the ongoing GJM agitation there.

The state government has also decided to provide a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh to the family members of truck driver Aniket Chhetri who died at the SSKM yesterday.

GJM supporters on June 19 had allegedly set ablaze the entire truck with Chhetri inside on June 19 when he was transporting bricks to Sikkim.

“We will be compensating Chhetri’s family with Rs 2.5 lakh and will offer job to any one member,” he said.

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    Vikash Tamang
    Jul 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm
    The main reason of strike in hills ( Darjeeling, kurseong,kalimpong ) Mamta : she said that all the students of west Bengal they should study BENGALI language Student's : we don't study Bengaly Mamta: she say if u r in Bengal then u should study bengali.
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      Jul 2, 2017 at 9:43 am
      Some disruptive elements huh? How bout WB administration government look into open violence against the people of Darjeeling Sikkim , vandalism on their properties in Siliguri and attack by Amra Bangla mob which is occurring every day ? It is easy to point fingers on the others . Why don't u employ these forces to control the barbaric Amra bangali mob in Siliguri? What kind of a CM is Mamata Banerjee? The worst in the history of West Bengal.
      1. Bhanu Ghimiray
        Jul 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm
        Dear Reader, Please do not believe all to Mamata as she always trying to put the blame to innocent Gorkhas people to break their demand for Gor nd. Do you know all TMC people are destroying and throwing stones to the Sikkim Vehicle in siliguri because they support for cons utional right . In this situation, where the WB govt. Army should deployed to Siliguri due lots Bangladeshis are migrated/infiltration to India (siliguri). Regards Jai Hind, Bharat mata ki Jai
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          Hemant THETE
          Jul 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm
          Interesting to see WB police response if the agitators resort to stone pelting like Kashmiris.
          1. Gopal Das
            Jul 1, 2017 at 8:58 am
            These frequent bandh politics, arson and looting of Govt. property should be stopped. It cannot go on continuously.
            1. K K Zimba
              Jul 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm
              Mr. Gopal, its state movement and therefore bandh can be called. There are anti social people everywhere who want to take chance but that doesnt mean the movement is illegal. I am not sure the media is not highlighting the looting and vandalizing the Sikkim vehicle in Siliguri by Bengali speaking people and harrasing Sikkim students.
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