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Thu, 21 Sep 2017

Northeast Today

Traffic Police Outpost Set Ablaze in Darjeeling

Traffic Police Outpost Set Ablaze in Darjeeling
July 17
22:12 2017

GJM activists set fire to a traffic police outpost and a flat belonging to the electric supply board in Darjeeling on the 33rd day of the indefinite shutdown on Monday.

Supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and other hill parties also staged a sit-in outside the district magistrate office in Darjeeling demanding a separate state and restoration of Internet services in the hills. Officials said a traffic police outpost in Mirik and a flat of the electric supply board in Bijanbari were set on fire by GJM activists.

However, there were no reports of any casualty, they said. Army troops continued to maintain a vigil on Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada. Paramilitary and police personnel also patrolled the streets in the hills.

Except pharmacy, all the other shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed. With food supply severely hit due to the ongoing strike, GJM activists and NGOs of the hills were seen distributing food items among people.

“We will continue our protest till we get Gorkhaland. We are not afraid of the West Bengal government and its police. Every youth in the hills is ready to give their blood for the sake of Gorkhaland,” Prakash Gurung, GJM Yuva Morcha president, said.

Earlier, Supporters of GJM and other hill parties on Monday held a dharna outside the district magistrate’s office. The dharna was held to demand restoration of Internet service in the hills.

The suspension of Internet services, which was imposed on June 18, have been extended till July 25, by the district administration. Although no incident of violence was reported since last night, police and security forces continued their patrolling in the hills.

-PTI

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