GJM general secretary Roshan Giri, however, said the bandh will continue. The indefinite shutdown in the hills to press for a separate Gorkhaland state, which entered its 78th day today, had paralysed normal life for over two and half months.
The rally will coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for the same to mark the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. Only, the rally, to be taken out in Darjeeling Hills, will be a call to end the “colonial Bengali rule.”
Apart from the GJM, several other hill parties and intellectuals have plans to march on the streets of Darjeeling with black flags and placards. Barring pharmacies, all shops, schools and colleges remained closed. Internet services are suspended since June 18.
"We have inputs from intelligence agencies that Maoists from neighbouring countries have been hired by the GJM. And it may target government properties and senior police and administrative officials so as to further aggravate the situation," said ADG (Law and order) Anuj Sharma
When the earthquake hit the hills in 2013, Gurung visited my house and that of many others but the fund promised never arrived. A year later, my father rebuilt the damaged part of the house with his own money. Many others who could not afford to do so, continue to live in damaged homes.
The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha( GJM) had given a 12-hour window to schools on June 23 to evacuate boarders. The indefinite shutdown in the hills over the demand of separate state of Gorkhaland entered its 19th day. Normal life was affected due to the shutdown.
The attack took place on Thursday night when the security personnel had gone to a village near Teesta Valley, 40 km from Darjeeling, to conduct a search operation. A mob attacked the security personnel with stones and traditional Nepali khukri, injuring five of them seriously.
The GTA agreement was signed by the Centre, the state government and the GJM in 2011 following a prolonged unrest in the hills. The GJM asserted that its 45 members had resigned from the GTA last week and the administrative body had ceased to exist.
Some GJM activists were seen participating in the demonstration bare-chested and broke tube lights on their backs leading to injuries. Hundreds of GJM supporters burnt copies of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) accord at Chowkbazar as the security forces kept a strict vigil.