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Darjeeling crippled again by indefinite bandh

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 22, 2009

Press Trust Of India(PTI) Siliguri, July 21, 2009:Normal life in Darjeeling hills was paralysed again on Tuesday with the resumption of the indefinite bandh by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, after a brief recess to enable the people to stock up essential commodities.

Shops, markets and business establishments downed shutters and vehicles remained off roads after the recess of ten hours.

All schools above class IV were, however, open, while the GJM exempted tea and cinchona gardens from the purview of the shutdown, which had not been granted initially.

The GJM also allowed vehicles from Sikkim on the National Highway 31A that connects this north Bengal town with Gangtok.

Asked whether the GJM had received the Supreme Court’s notice questioning why it had not kept National Highway 31A outside the purview of the bandh earlier, its general secretary Roshan Giri said he would comment only after the party legal cell went through it.

Giri told PTI that the GJM was yet to receive the Union Home Ministry’s clarification whether the tripartite talks on August 11 would be at the political level and the agenda would be Gorkhaland as the party had demanded.

About West Bengal Government’s request to call off the bandh, Giri said the central committee had not discussed the matter.

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