DARJEELING (West Bengal): Nearly a month’s limit on the demand for a separate state for the ethnic Gorkha, Darjeeling has seen violent protests on Wednesday after supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) have launched a tourist information office In a shopping center in the heart of the city.
They also damaged some government vehicles on the 28th day of indefinite detention, police said.
Supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the party that led to the protests, began a massive funeral procession in the city of Darjeeling yesterday with Ashok Tamang’s body, died Tuesday at a hospital in neighboring Sikkim.
M. Tamang was transferred to a hospital in Sikkim after being injured in clashes between police and GJM supporters on Saturday.
The GJM alleged that M. Tamang suffered serious head injuries during a police baton charge. However, police said it was unclear whether he died of an injury or other reason.
“We are waiting for the autopsy report. We can only comment after seeing it,” a police official said. Tamang worked in the municipality of Darjeeling and survives two children and an elderly mother.
The staff of the reserve power plant Seema Bal Suraksha and staff were deployed in different parts of the hill district affected by the violence in Darjeeling. Internet services remained suspended for the day 28 Tuesday.
Government property was damaged in several regions of Darjeeling by furious protesters and this includes the Sonada station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a narrow gauge of UNESCO heritage road.
The High Court of Calcutta also intervened when the state and center continue to compete for deployment of forces.
Hill celebrations in Darjeeling begin a hunger strike on July 15 to push their claim from another Gorkhaland state.
A Wapasi awards program was also planned July 13, while supporters of the Gorkhaland cause decided to make the prices assigned to them by the state government.
Head of Government of Sikkim, Pawan Chamling asked the Center to intervene in the Darjeeling crisis and also called for help to ensure that the road linking Sikkim is not affected by the current turbulence of the hills.
Denial of the separate Gorkhaland petition, Congress Trinamool invited the agitators to avoid violence and come by talks, but Gorkha Janmukti Morcha said they do not want to talk to the state government.
“We will fight to keep West Bengal united and we will never let the gap,” said Trinamool chief Partha Chatterjee.