Darjeeling, Sep 17 (PTI) The situation in the Darjeeling hills remained peaceful with no untoward incident being reported anywhere in the region as the indefinite shutdown for a separate Gorkhaland state entered its 95th day today, the police said.
Several shops and markets reported regular business as people came out of their homes to purchase household materials, a senior district police officer told PTI.
State-run buses were operating from Siliguri to Darjeeling via Kurseong and between Siliguri and Mirik.
Police picketing was continuing at several important points of Darjeeling to keep a check on any untoward incident, the police official said.
“The situation as of now is pretty normal. There has been no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the Darjeeling hills. We are keeping a strict vigil on the developments here,” the police officer said.
The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) took out a couple of rallies at some places in the hills demanding restoration of peace.
“This indefinite bandh hampered our life totally. We want normalcy to return to the hills. And now when a dialogue is on, we cannot continue with our agitation,” a local leader of the GNLF said.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.