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Strife continues on 42nd day, Hill parties take out rallies

PTI
Published : Jul 27, 2017, 6:58 am IST
Updated : Jul 27, 2017, 6:58 am IST

Several Hills parties, including GJM and Gorkha National Liberation Front, took out the processions but there was no report of any violence or arson.

Nari Morcha members during their Khukri rally for the separate state of Gorkhaland, in Darjeeling. (Photo: PTI)
 Nari Morcha members during their Khukri rally for the separate state of Gorkhaland, in Darjeeling. (Photo: PTI)

Darjeeling: The GJM activists and those of other parties on Wednesday on the 42nd day of indefinite shutdown in the Darjeeling hills took out processions in its various parts, flaying the Centre for ignoring people’s aspirations for a separate state.

Several Hills parties, including Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), took out the processions but there was no report of any violence or arson.

“The Centre should respect the aspirations of the people of the hills for a separate Gorkhaland. When they (Centre) are well aware of the ground realities, they should respect it,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said, hitting out at the BJP-led government.

The comment comes a day after Union minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told Parliament that there was no proposal to form any committee to look into the demand for a separate state for the Gorkhas and others agitating in Darjeeling.

“The BJP is making fun of us with such statements. This is an indication that they are not giving importance to our demand. If they think that they can get away with making only false promises to us during elections for the sake of votes, they are wrong. The people of the hills will give them a befitting reply,” a senior GNLF leader said.

The 42-day-long shutdown till now has emerged to be the second longest so far in the picturesque hill station, which had witnessed a 40-day bandh in 1988 by Gorkha National Liberation Front and a 44-day shutdown in 2013 by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha on the statehood issue.

The police and security forces patrolled the streets of the Hills and kept a tight vigil at all entry and exit routes. Barring the medical shops, all business establishments, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges have remained closed since the shutdown that began 42 days ago.

Tags: gorkha janamukti morcha, roshan giri, gorkha national liberation front
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