Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Darjeeling unrest: Women take to streets demanding separate 'Gorkhaland'

Darjeeling unrest: Women take to streets demanding separate 'Gorkhaland'

"We have also alerted the government about regrouping of Maoists in Bengal from Jharkhand", the officer said.

The violence, which has singed the hills for over a month over the renewed movement for the separate state of Gorkhaland, continued unabated as the Prem Chand library in Mirik of Darjeeling district and the office of the Himalyan Director in Kurseong district were set afire in the early hours of Friday, police said.

Prakash, who had resigned from Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) in May, had proposed to launch a separate statehood agitation on the line of the Telengana stir. The bandh has entered the 33rd day on Monday.

According to sources, in a series of telephonic conversations with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Mamata discussed China in detail.

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Urging the agitating people to maintain law and order, the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar said: "Sustenance of law and order is the hallmark of progressive civilisation". The letter also stated the strategic importance of an area in the state known as "Chicken Neck", which is a narrow stretch of land connecting northeastern states to the rest of the country.

An official in the state Home Department told The Indian Express, "The area is very important geo-politically". Trespassers from Bangladesh and Nepal were stirring up unrest in the state with political motivation, she had alleged. It will be a great cause of concern if China is found to be influencing the unrest in Darjeeling. It seems as if the Centre and the State are not anxious.

However, pro-Gorkhaland leaders have denied any allegation regarding support by "foreign" hands in the agitation.

An Army column of around 50 personnel was deployed in Kalimpong on Monday night, while two columns were sent to Darjeeling and Sonada on Saturday last week.

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