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GJM to suspend bandh for 24-hours today

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 27, 2009

Siliguri, July 26 (PTI) The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) today announced to suspend its indefinite bandh for 24 hours in Darjeeling tomorrow.

GJM which is spearheading an indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling Hills since July 13 demanding creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland, decided to suspend the bandh in honour of the ‘Gorkhaland martyrs’, GJM Press Secretary Benoy Tamang told reporters.

Martyrs Day was being observed in Darjeeling hills since 1987 under the leadership of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) chief Subash Ghising in memory of 19 people killed in police firing at Kalimpong on July 27, 1986, “GJM was now observing the day in memory of around 1200 people who had sacrificed their lives for the cause of Gorkhaland movement since the eighties,” GJM leader said.

Shops, markets and business establishments would be open tomorrow and vehicles in the hills allowed to ply, GJM sources said.

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