Darjeeling indefinite bandh started. Today, from morning the morcha program has started everywhere in Darjeeling-Kalimpong and kurseong. The program started in front of the government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) office In the morning, the District President reached his office. District Collector and Superintendent of Police meeting at the Darjeeling District Collector’s office. Police, Raf and central forces deployed everywhere.Strong state administration are there to tackle the crisis.
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha for indefinite bandh/strike from today i.e 12th June 2017 has been decided that all state Government Offices in the district of Darjeeling and Kalimpong including those provided with Grants in Aids by the state Government would remain open and all the employees of those offices should report for their duty on each day till call for such bandh is not withdrawn.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. Now the government has been pleased to decide that absence of employees on this dates will be treated as dies non which will constitute a break in service of the employees concerned and no salary will be admissible.
The indefinite bandh of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in support of a separate Gorkhaland state began Monday with the supporters of the outfit setting ablaze a government office in a village near Darjeeling. According to sources, the panchayat officer’s chamber was gutted at Bijanbari village, about 35 km from Darjeeling. ADG Darjeeling, Siddhinath Gupta, said the situation has been brought under control, and 3 people have been arrested.
The bandh has called for a shutdown of all government (state & Central), and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration offices. The GJM is also protesting the alleged imposition of Bengali language in schools across the state.
The section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which bars assembly of more than four persons, has been imposed around government offices in Darjeeling.Paramilitary forces were seen patrolling the city to ensure that the circumstances to be under control.
While GJM chief Bimal Gurung has said that they will not allow state government offices to function, the government has issued circular warning employees of loss of pay and disciplinary action if they did not turn up on Monday.
Earlier on Sunday, Gurung demanded that the Centre should immediately set up a committee for the formation of a separate state of Gorkhaland and warned of retaliation if police used force against protesters. “Our protest will be democratic, but if police uses force, I won’t be responsible for what happens. If force is used against us, we will resist it. The people want Gorkhaland. That is our only goal. We will not allow the state government to run offices in the hills and the adjoining areas,” the GJM chief told reporters.