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GJM bandh cripples life in Darjeeling for 4th day

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 17, 2009

Siliguri, July 16 (PTI) Normal life remained paralysed in the Darjeeling Hills today as the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM)-sponsored indefinite bandh entered the fourth day.

All shops and business establishments were closed and attendance in government offices remained very thin with vehicles keeping off roads in most of the areas, official sources said.

Functioning of all 78 tea gardens in the hills and cinchona plantation in Kalimpong also came to a halt.

The shutdown also crippled road communication to the neighbouring Himalayan state of Sikkim as the arterial NH 31A, passing through Kalimpong sub-division, was blocked by bandh activists.

Demanding that political talks be held early in next month, GJM press secretary Benoy Tamang told PTI his organisation is yet to get any clarification about the real status of third round tripartite talks proposed by the Centre.

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