New Delhi:  The indefinite strike by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling entered its 14th day on Sunday but the situation remained tensed.  The bandh which was called by GJM over the demand of a separate Gorkhaland has thrown life out of gear for the people.

The GJM which is an ally of BJP in NDA has reportedly decided to burn the copies of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) Accord, signed in 2011 between the Union home ministry, the West Bengal government and the outfit, on June 26 and 27.

Here are the latest developments on the issue so far: 

  • Blaming ruling TMC, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Saturday claimed that the ruling Trinamool Congress is not willing to resolve the Darjeeling unrest to gain political benefit in the region by trying to create a divide between Nepali and Bengali communities.
  • A Tripura tribal party organised rallies in 29 places across the state on Saturday to support the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state in West Bengal’s Darjeeling. Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal based party in Left-ruled Tripura, held rallies and protest demonstrations in 29 places under the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas.
  • Internet services remained suspended and local cable channels remained blocked in certain parts of the hills.
  • The family members of a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activist, who was allegedly killed in police firing on June 17, lodged a complaint against the police. The police had earlier denied the allegation of opening fire at the GJM activists.
  • The Calcutta High Court has directed that notice be served on GJM chief Bimal Gurung by all means possible in view of a PIL, challenging the indefinite bandh called by the GJM in Darjeeling.
  • The West Bengal government yesterday offered a dialogue to the GJM leadership in a bid to defuse the crisis with Home Secretary Malay De saying that the doors were “open for talks to restore normalcy in the hills”.
  • On Friday, 43 GJM leaders resigned en masse from the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), with GJM chief Bimal Gurung saying that there would be no fresh GTA elections this time and vowing to disrupt the process, if initiated.
  • Gurung, who had been in hiding since a police raid at his residence in Darjeeling’s Patlebas locality on June 15, had re-surfaced on Friday and asserted that the shutdown in the hills would continue indefinitely.
  • Thousands of students studying in boarding schools here were evacuated on Friday after the GJM offered a 12-hour window, till 6 p.m., to allow them to leave the hills safely.

 

(With inputs from agencies)