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Bandh relaxed in hills, hunger strike in Dooars from Sunday

india Updated: Jul 25, 2009 15:15 IST

The agitation for Gorkhaland threatened to spill over to the plains of Dooars even as a semblance of normalcy returned to the paralysed Darjeeling hills with a 12-hour relaxation allowed for the second day on Saturday during the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha sponsored indefinite bandh.

The relaxation was declared from 6 am to 6 pm to allow people to pick up essentials and to celebrate the raising of the demand for creation of a separte Gorkhaland state by BJP leader Jaswant Singh in Parliament on Friday, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told reporters.

He said that GJM leadership was also happy as 19 GJM supporters and leaders arrested in connection with Panighata incident on July 10 were granted bail on Friday.

However, the GJM had decided to continue its movement for a separate state, Giri said.

He said the GJM central committee meeting yesterday also decided to start a relay hunger strike in central, east and western Dooars from tomorrow to press for their three point charter of demands.

The demands include, creation of Gorkhaland, reopening of closed tea gardens and distribution of pattas (deeds) to the tea and cinchona plantation workers.