Darjeeling crisis: GJM says good response to bandh, govt claims ‘normal’ attendance
The government offices here recorded “normal” attendance although some stray incidents were reported during Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM)-sponsored indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills which began today.
The GJM has called the shutdown in central, state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) offices in the hills in support of their demand for Gorkhaland. State Tourism minister Gautam Deb claimed that attendance in government and GTA offices was “normal” in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik.
“The people have defied GJM’s diktat and attended office. We hope good sense will prevail on the GJM leadership,” he said. “The situation is peaceful here and everything is normal. Attendance in schools is also normal. We have taken all precautionary measures to check any untoward incident,” Darjeeling District Magistrate Joyoshi Dasgupta told PTI.
Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the government and GTA offices while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed, Dasgupta said. She said the Army was present in the hills as a “backup”. “The administration will act as per law if anybody is found forcing others as well as establishments to participate in the bandh,” the DM said.
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