The crisis in the Darjeeling hills deepened after several parties, including the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), stared to pursue their demand for a separate state and adopted a unanimously resolution in its favour.
Union Government sought a detailed report on the prevailing situation in the hill district from the state government. It has already deployed 600 paramilitary personnel to assist the West Bengal government in restoring normalcy in violence-hit Darjeeling hills.
Darjeeling has been under the grip of protests during the GJM-sponsored indefinite bandh.
“600 paramilitary personnel, including 200 women, were sent to Darjeeling. Around 400 personnel, already stationed in West Bengal,” said Union home ministry spokesperson.
Home Ministry said it was closely monitoring the situation in Darjeeling and was ready to offer all assistance to the state government to restore normalcy there.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat in Kolkata that the situation in the hill district was ‘peaceful’.
As their indefinite shutdown entered its third day, protesters demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland have blocked the Chowkbazar area in Darjeeling
Police pickets and barricades were put up in front of the government and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) offices and various entry and exit points of the hills, while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed.
Shops downed shutters as the violence broke out. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leadership, however, accused the police unprovoked lathi-charge on its procession.
“We have unanimously decided to fight for the separate state of Gorkhaland. We have also adopted a resolution in favour of it. Now our fight will not stop until and unless Gorkhaland is achieved,” said GJM general secretary Roshan Giri.