Panchayat office torched in Darjeeling, shutdown enters Day 17

The security personnel maintained a close vigil in the disturbed areas even as Internet services remained suspended. Shops and business establishments were shut and transport was off the roads.

By: PTI | Darjeeling | Updated: July 1, 2017 10:01 pm
Suspected Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) supporters set ablaze a panchayat office last night, but the security forces moved in quickly and prevented it from getting completely gutted, the police said. (Representational Image)

A panchayat office was set ablaze in Darjeeling hills, where the GJM on Saturday took out processions in support of its demand for a separate Gorkhaland. Normal life remained crippled in the hills as the indefinite shutdown entered its 17th day. A panchayat office was set ablaze in Darjeeling hills, where the GJM today took out processions in support of its demand for a separate Gorkhaland. Normal life remained crippled in the hills as the indefinite shutdown entered its 17th day.

Suspected Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) supporters set ablaze a panchayat office last night, but the security forces moved in quickly and prevented it from getting completely gutted, the police said. GJM supporters took out processions in various parts of the hills demanding a separate state and a large gathering was held at the Chowkbazar area here. The security personnel maintained a close vigil in the disturbed areas even as Internet services remained suspended. Shops and business establishments were shut and transport was off the roads.

The state government had yesterday sought 10 companies (around 1,000 personnel) of the CRPF to deal with the situation in the hills. “We had earlier asked for 10 CRPF companies from the Centre. But they had sent only four companies of women police personnel and three companies of the Sashastra Seema Bal,” West Bengal Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha had told reporters at the state secretariat in Kolkata. “We have again sought 10 companies of the CRPF,” he had said.

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      Jul 2, 2017 at 10:24 am
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      DP
      Jul 1, 2017 at 10:38 pm
      Gorkas already have a Gor nd in Sikkim as 80 and above population are Gorkhas including it's CM. The original Sikkimise are a minority. So change the states name to Gor nd and let Gorkhas go there. We have renamed many states before and we can do this for the Gorkhas cause.
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        Anon
        Jul 2, 2017 at 1:02 pm
        No thanks. Please keep Sikkim out of this
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        romi
        Jul 1, 2017 at 10:07 pm
        where is mamta ??? when darjeeling is burning now whom is she going to blame ??? where are you hiding ?
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          Kamal Pasha
          Jul 1, 2017 at 10:02 pm
          GJM should burn all the government offices. This is the only language hugging Prime Minister understand.
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