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An eerie silence prevails in Darjeeling town, Army patrolling, bandh starts at 6 am

 Agencies |  2017-06-09 06:47:31.0  0  Comments

An eerie silence prevails in Darjeeling town, Army patrolling, bandh starts at 6 am

Darjeeling/ Siliguri : An eerie silence prevailed across Darjeeling Hills today even as the Indian Army continued onto the patrolling in all sensitive pockets amid Bimal Gurung led Gorkha Janmukti Morcha ( GJM) sponsored 12-hour shut, which was declared illegal by the Mamata Banerjee government. Ms Banerjee, who is camping at Rajbhawan in the Hills, early this morning moved around the Mall, the scene of violence last afternoon where some 50 police persons injured and some 15 vehicles set on fire, including a traffic post by the GJM supporters. Saying the strike was illegal and whoever would remain abstained from offices would face curtailment of salary. " We would not allow any vandalism and we know that some 4/5 persons are behind all these troubles and they will face consequence of under the laws. We have tolerated enough and now is time to be rough and tough against the vandalism of the government and public properties," Ms Banerjee said. " We will not spare anybody after yesterday's violence. We in the government have supported them (GJM) so far but now time has come to take stern action. We will tell the people not to support any strike and violence in the Hills as the region is depending on tourism." Meanwhile, reports of obstructing of vehicular traffic have been reported on the roads linking to Siliguri from Darjeeling. The stranded tourists started deserting the Hills and beeline was witnessedon the main artery since last evening. Every two hours a bus leaving the Tenzing Norgay Bus stand in Siliguri leaving for Kolkata since 0600 hours. The government also set up a three-member IPS committee to look after the security system of the Hills. A special audit team is expected in Darjeeling today to scrutiny the accounts of the GTA ( Gorkha Territorial Administration) for its last five years. The present GTS term will expire next July. " What they (GJM) have in last five years. After failing to do anything with GTA in past five years the GJM is now on violence mood to divert the mind of the hills people. We will tell the people not to support the destructing politics." Ms Banerjee said. A report said that the personal security guard from Bimal Gurund was withdrawn. Another report said that setting of fires were reported at Mongpoo, a dukbunglow and a college by the GJM supporters. The toy train was also withdrawn for the day.
--UNI

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