Situation remains tense as indefinite strike continues in Darjeeling

Situation remains tense as indefinite strike continues in Darjeeling

Situation remains tense as indefinite strike continues in Darjeeling

"Three of our comrades were killed and five were critically injured in police gunfire yesterday", GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told AFP.

Holding aloft the tricolour, GJM youth members led the rally from Chawk Bazar, the famous lower market area on the Hill cart Road in Darjeeling, passionately shouting pro-Gorkhaland slogans. "We want a separate Gorkhaland and division of state is not a state subject".

Several small processions were taken out by the GJM activists in various parts of Darjeeling. The parties to the agreement were the Union home ministry, the state government and the GJM.

The unrest in Darjeeling during its peak tourist season has pushed tourism sector of Sikkim to a whole new height as travellers are selecting the neighbouring hill state instead of Darjeeling due to the Gorkha Jamukti Morcha agitation which is going on there. He also said that to systematically resolve all differences, a follow-up meeting has been scheduled on 24 June to agree upon a common minimum programme to chalk out their "next course of action". "If an insurgency gains ground in Darjeeling, that is something we just cant afford after the recent downslide in the situation in Kashmir", retired Maj-Gen Gaganjit Singh, former deputy chief of Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), said. Security forces patrolled the streets as the situation remained tense on the fifth day of GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown. "That is why they have stockpiled explosives and weapons and a lot of cash in their hideouts, some of which we could seize", senior police official Anuj Sharma told the BBC.

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Interestingly, after the appeal of Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday for maintaining peace, there was no reports of any further violence in the Hills on Monday. But the GJM expressed its "displeasure" with the Centre and questioned the absence of BJP MP from Darjeeling Ahluwalia at the time of the crisis.

"She kills our brothers here and expect us to come to the table for talks".

The representatives of 12 political including the Congress and BJP that participated in Tuesday's meeting also vowed to boycott the state government announced all party meeting on June 22 in Siliguri. But the state top police administration rejected the death of anyone in police firing.

Local sources reveal that all markets and shops are closed except for those carrying out emergency services.

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