1. Darjeeling violence: As Gorkha Janmukti Morcha calls for bandh, miscreants torch PWD office

Darjeeling violence: As Gorkha Janmukti Morcha calls for bandh, miscreants torch PWD office

Darjeeling violence: Some miscreants torched a PWD Office on Monday amid calls for a bandh by the Gorkha Janmukti Morch (GJM).

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2017 4:04 PM
darjeeling violence, gorkha janmukti morcha bandh, gjm bandh, gorkhaland protest, darjeeling, mamata banerjee, west bengal The city witnessed empty government offices as a result of the bandh.

Darjeeling violence: Some miscreants torched a PWD Office on Monday amid calls for a bandh by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), ANI reported. Earlier in the day, the city witnessed empty government offices as a result of the bandh. The Paramilitary troops were patrolling the streets to prevent any untoward incident, ANI reported.  The Bandh saw its effect even as the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal had issued an order that all offices have to remain open in Darjeeling and Kalimpong.  The order, issued by the state government, made it mandatory for government employees to attend work. “In view of the call given by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha for indefinite bandh/strike on and from 12 June, 2017, it has been decided that all state government offices situated in the District of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, including those provided with grants-in-aid by the state government, would remain open and all the employees of those offices should report for duty on each day till the call for such bandh is not withdrawn. It has also been decided that no leave shall be granted to any employee on any of these bandh days,” said a state government release.

The Mamata Banerjee government had told its employees that no salary will be given to absentees unless they were in an emergency like hospitalisation or death in the family, among other things. GJM President Bimal Gurung, along with other party leaders have challenged Mamata Banerjee and her government to try and stop them from achieving their goal of a separate state of Gorkhaland.

The GJM had on Friday called a 12-hour bandh in the hills against the TMC government’s decision to make Bengali language mandatory in schools in the hills. The violence, triggered by Government’s decision, saw GJM supporters clash with the police and set ablaze several government vehicles. “The government has encroached on our identity, our language Nepali. We will never tolerate it,” GJM chief Gurung had said.

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    Paresh Ratan Ghosh
    Jun 12, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    As you sow,so you reap. Mamata Didi due to her arrogance inept political maturity is facing the brunt of her failure in the name of separate Gorkha Land.At one side,she does't leave any chance to oppose Modi BJP even with foul language on any front but on other side with so many alleged scams on her credit,hobnobbing with scam star like Lallu,she has lost her credibility. she tried to force her opinion on Gorkhas. She will not get any help from center at the time crisis.She has done innumerable wrong in the name of vote bank politics.People of Bengal will never pardon her.Neither there is prosperity in Bengal nor peace.If today there would have any credible strong local opposition leader,Mamata would have thrown in the last embly election itself.She should learn from her neighbouring (Orissa)'s CM how to handle with center others. When she is not popular in Darji ,she should not have enforced Bengali language to them at one go. Gorkhas must have the support of BJP.
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