Darjeeling unrest: Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling extends support for separate Gorkhaland state

Darjeeling unrest: Ambulance services were hit and TV cable connections snapped in some areas today but no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in Darjeeling.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 8:37 pm
Gorkhaland protest, Darjeeling protests, Gorkhaland state, Darjeeling unrest, Gorkhaland demand, GJM, GJM Darjeeling, Darjeeling violence, Darjeeling news, Gorkhaland news, India news Darjeeling unrest: A security man takes aim in Singamari, Darjeeling where police clashed with GJM workers Saturday. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

In a fresh development, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Thursday extended his support for a separate Gorkhaland state even as the GJM-sponsored shutdown in Darjeeling hills entered the eighth day today, as reported by PTI. In fact, on Tuesday, Sikkim’s ruling party SDF had extended its support to the demand for a separate Gorkhaland. In a meeting conducted by the SDF leadership earlier on Tuesday, it was decided that they will extend support for a separate state at the same time expressed its opposition to the “illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional” acts committed in Darjeeling.

Meanwhile, ambulance services were hit and TV cable connections snapped in some areas today but no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in Darjeeling which had witnessed widespread clashes between GJM activists and security forces on Saturday. Also Read: Darjeeling unrest: GJM bandh enters eighth day

Darjeeling, Darjeeling shutdown, darjeeling zoo, darjeeling zoo food supplies A protest rally at Chowk Bazar in Darjeeling on Sunday.

There were reports that some ambulance operators refused to carry patients due to fear of harassment. Since today morning, cable TV connections were snapped in a section of the hills. Internet services also remained suspended for the fifth day today to stop the spread of rumours that incite violence.

Police patrolling was intensified in the hills since morning.

Although the West Bengal government has called an all-party meeting in Siliguri on Thursday, all the Hills parties have decided to boycott it. As normal life continued to be crippled, the GJM on Wednesday offered a 12-hour “window” on June 23 to schools to evacuate students safely to Siliguri and Rongpo.

Gorkhaland, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, GJM, GJM women members, darjeeling, darjeeling violence, india news, indian express GJM supporters protest in Singmari, near Darjeeling on Saturday. Partha Paul

In a separate development, police has lodged a case against GJM supremo Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha for their alleged involvement in violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes. In a statement to PTI, a senior police official was quoted as saying: “We have lodged a case (against Gurung and his wife) and the investigation is on. There were allegation that they were involved in the violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes on Saturday.”

The GJM is leading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of West Bengal.

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    Manoj
    Jun 24, 2017 at 10:44 pm
    Why just divide Bengal..let's divide UP into east UP west UP, let's divide Karnataka into Kannada and Tulunadu, let's divide Gujarat into Gujrastan and Kutch, let's divide Kerala into Malabar and South Keral. Seriously let's just break India once and for all shall we. Coz that's all we Indians know, to break and divide
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      Kumar
      Jun 23, 2017 at 5:02 am
      This agitation which is mostly supported by foreign country and by foreigners in Bengal should be stopped in no time to avert danger spilling over the rest of the country that can threaten the very fabric of integrity, unity and prosperity.
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      1. I
        Indian
        Jun 23, 2017 at 9:52 pm
        You want to mislead people. Do you have any reason to say that?
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        Nav
        Jun 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm
        Lesson in history: Gorkhas of Darjeeling didn't migrate. The Gorkha army conquered the land in 1790s from the kingdom of Sikkim (which btw was merged into India much later in 1975) and not from any Bengali king. After the Anglo-Gorkha wars, the Sugauli treaty was signed pursuant to which Nepal returned Darjeeling to Sikkim, and ceded Dehradun, Almorah, Mussorie and other parts of Kumaon and Garhwal to East India Co. But the British liked the place so they leased it from Sikkim and started plantations and the Gorkha population grew. This was in 1840s. But this was even before India as an en y existed and even before the British crown took over administration after 1857. Indian Gorkhas are not to be confused with the people of Nepal who work in India. They are separate even though they speak the same language.
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          Indian
          Jun 22, 2017 at 11:31 pm
          There is no need to recollect history.Gorkhas are patriotic citizen of India There have been no development in Darjeeling since 1947. Many new states have been created such as Telengana, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand etc.Demand for a separate state Gor nd within India is not illegal , it is justified.
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          Akshay S
          Jun 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm
          Shameful as people are slurring racist comments on gorkhas most of whom are indian citizen. I think a seperate state is inevitable as people abused the ones who were fighting for telangana but their comments did nothing except create more anger. Forget history , live in present. It does not matter if they came from Nepal or somewhere else, now they are citizens of our nation and we must treat them same.
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          1. I
            Indian
            Jun 22, 2017 at 11:28 pm
            You are correct brother.
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          2. I
            indian man
            Jun 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm
            It is so easy to demand seperate land or State in India. Now I understand why India divided earlier.
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              Ashwini Prasad
              Jun 22, 2017 at 7:47 pm
              All Indians are with their Gurkha brothers and sisters. Down with racist Mamata and her Bengaistani supporters who love illegal immigrants and carry out atrocities against people from hills.
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                Sriram Kalpathi
                Jun 22, 2017 at 7:39 pm
                A Separate State is dangerous as it will ,subsequently,be converted into a call for a separate country.Hope BJP and TMC does not get trapped into the hands of the leaders of the so called "Gor nd". This is one issue where BJP and TMC must join hands and bring an end to the disruption of law and order by the anti national forces in Darjeeling.
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                  Indian
                  Jun 22, 2017 at 11:26 pm
                  Gorkhas are patriotic citizen of India and they have major contribution in Army. Gorkhas have sacrificed their life in the battle field against India's enemies. Gorkhas fought for India. Demand for a separate state within India is not illegal , it is justified. There have been no development in Darjeeling since 1947. Many new states have been created such as Telengana, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand etc.
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                  BB
                  Jun 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm
                  In any case WB can not be divided. Whoever it may be. And gorkhas are basically from Nepal. They must seek asylum there. Today they want gor nd tomorrow they will demand separation from India! This agitation seems to be fed by China. No way it should be separated. Let them go back to nagives
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                    shiravanthe sridhar
                    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:53 pm
                    What about gorkhas serving Indian army, taking pensions ,settling down in India after serving for 20 years- why should they be shunned whilst the rohyingya Muslims are entering in thousands every year no one is complaining
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                      Manoj
                      Jun 24, 2017 at 10:34 pm
                      Rohingyas speak Bengali so they are free to settle in Bengal. Nepali Gurkhas must be crushed brutally for their acts of defiance.
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                      mark
                      Jun 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm
                      Dear Sir, Darjee was a part of Sikkim (and Kalimpong of Bhutan) carved out by your colonial masters, not carved out of "Bengal". From the beginning the Hills were peopled with Hill people
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                      1. I
                        Indian
                        Jun 22, 2017 at 11:22 pm
                        Crores of Bengali had came from Bangladesh and stayed in India. What about that ? Gorkhas are patriotic citizen of India and they have major contribution in Army. Gorkhas have sacrificed their life in the battle field against India's enemies. Gorkhas fought for India. Demand for a separate state within India is not illegal , it is justified. There have been no development in Darjeeling since 1947. Gorkhas are patriotic citizen of India.
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                          Kumar
                          Jun 23, 2017 at 5:11 am
                          n battles did only Gorkhas die? Did they die as Indians or only Gorkhas? Think about unity of the country and stay together. Division weakens both economy, defense and unity. Finding amicable solution is the best.
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                          Pure Gorkha Indain
                          Jun 23, 2017 at 3:22 pm
                          U are a big piggy head,,selfish rascalum!!! Chinese people must ve been ur fathers closest friends. N u were born from their side😡😡😡😡
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