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Mass arrest programme on bandh

PTI  Darjeeling, February 14, 2011
First Published: 13:36 IST(14/2/2011) | Last Updated: 14:22 IST(14/2/2011)

GJM activists protesting the police firing in Sipchu on Monday courted arrest at Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik police stations of the district even as the indefinite bandh called by the outfit entered the sixth day disrupting normal life.

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Scores of GJM activists gathered before the police stations as part of the programme protesting against the Sipchu firing that has claimed three lives.

However, the number of those arrested or detained is yet to be known.

Meanwhile Gorkha ex-servicemen, who were sent back from the banks of Panchnoi river, barely 2 km from Siliguri yesterday evening by the police, have been stopped again after they gathered at the spot in the morning to resume their Darjeeling to Siliguri padayatra, police said.

The police had on Sunday searched the house of Gorkha Vidyarthi Morcha secretary and the house of Keshabraj Pokhrel, who was allegedly involved in the killing of erstwhile Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha league Madan Tamang and is absconding since then.

Pokhrel was, however, not found during the search, police said on Monday.

The bandh has hit normal life with LPG, vegetables and essential commodities becoming scarce. Vehicular traffic has come to a standstill across the district and offices and schools are closed.

Trouble broke out in Darjeeling following the death of GJM supporters in police firing during a clash between the women's wing of the GJM and the police in Dooars on February eight.

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