GJM announces greater agitation in Darjeeling

Darjeeling,  Feb 6 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Sunday announced a greater agitation in the hills for the Gorkhaland state, calling for rail blockade and strike in the government offices.

GJM’s general secretary Roshan Giri pronounced an indefinite stir from Feb 9 again with hunger strike and a march to Siliguri, the foothills of Darjeeling hills.

He said  all central and state government offices would be shut down with only some exemptions of financial institutions.

He said the GJM will not settle for anything interim and would go all out for a separate statehood.

Earlier, their party chief  Bimal Gurung urged the hill people to prepare for any eventuality during the no-holds-barred agitation.

Security in the hills has been beefed up, including with deployment of women paramilitary personnel, officials said.

Several companies of paramilitary forces- Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)- were deployed as the second phase of 27-day Darjeeling bandh began on Jan 18.

A renewed demand for Gorkhaland carved out of Darjeeling and some contiguous areas of Jalpaiguri district was reignited in the past few years by new leaders like Bimal Gurung, plunging the hills in fresh turmoil.

The recent Telangana panel report fuelled fresh agitation in the hills.

The Gorkhaland movement that began in the 1980s had ended with a truce between hill leader Subhash Ghising and New Delhi after he accepted limited autonomy in 1988 with a new Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC).

Darjeeling is a geo-politically important region for India as it lies on or close to the borders of China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

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