Darjeeling reopened on Wednesday after a three and a half month shutdown. The indefinite bandh to demand a separate state of Gorkhaland was suspended on Tuesday evening by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters.
GJM agreed to suspend the bandh only after Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s intervention and appeal.
“Our party supremo Bimal Gurung has decided to suspend the indefinite shutdown in the hills from 6 am tomorrow morning for an indefinite period…The decision was taken after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s appeal to withdraw the strike,” GJM vice-president Kalyan Dewan told PTI on Tuesday evening.
Singh appealed to the GJM to withdraw the ongoing strike in Darjeeling hills and asked the union home secretary to convene an official-level meeting to discuss all related issues.
In a statement, the home minister said that in a democracy dialogue is the only way out to resolve any problem and solutions can be found through restraint and mutual dialogue within the legal ambit.
Although the strike was officially on in the hills but for the last one week most of the shops and markets had reopened defying the diktats by GJM leadership.
The state administration also decided to lift the restrictions on use on internet services, which was imposed on June 18. The hills were witnessing a shutdown since June 8.
A lookout notice has been issued for GJM leader Bimal Gurung, who is absconding since last month.
(With inputs from PTI)