Two vehicles set afire in Darjeeling, woman GJM activist held

Activists also took out a rally and raised slogans in support of Gorkhaland

Gorkhaland, GTA, Darjeeling
Members of the Gorkha community protesting for a separate Gorkhaland state, in Mumbai. (File photo: PTI)

Two vehicles were set ablaze by the Gorkhaland agitators in the Darjeeling hills on Wednesday amidst special security arrangements as the indefinite shutdown called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) entered its 56th day.

A woman GJM activist was arrested from Darjeeling for her alleged involvement in the violence and arson that took place in the hills in June, a senior police officer said.

According to the police, in the morning, a truck carrying newspapers was set on fire by the agitators in Kurseong and another truck carrying food supplies was set ablaze in Kalimpong in the early hours.(economy news)

With the GJM threatening to step up the agitation in view of the expiry of its “deadline” to the Centre for intervention to resolve the crisis, the police and security personnel have made special security arrangements in the hills and are keeping a tight vigil to avoid any untoward incident.

Like Tuesday, a police contingent was seen marching towards Singhmari in Darjeeling town, where the GJM head office is located.

The police contingent went up to Patlebas, a stronghold of GJM supremo Bimal Gurung.

Both Singhmari and Patlebas have witnessed several incidents of violence involving the GJM activists and police in the last couple of months……read more


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