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Railway office, police outpost, library set ablaze in Darjeeling

The RPF office in Kurseong and a police outpost in Sukhiapokhri were set afire in the early hours of Friday while the state-run library in Mirik sub-division was reduced to ashes by pro-Gorkhaland supporters Thursday night.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2017 12:55 IST
Press Trust of India, Darjeeling
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The charred Gayabari Railway Station, which was set on fire in violence reported in Darjeeling on Thursday night. (PTI photo)

A Railway Protection Force (RPF) office, a police outpost and a state-run library were set on fire in Darjeeling hills as the indefinite strike demanding a separate state entered its 30th day on Friday, police said.

As unrest simmered, internet services remained suspended for the 27th day.

The RPF office in Kurseong and a police outpost in Sukhiapokhri were set afire in the early hours of Friday while the state-run library in Mirik sub-division was reduced to ashes by pro-Gorkhaland supporters Thursday night, a police official said.

The Army continues to be deployed in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada.

The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) decided to postpone its fast-unto-death programme from July 15 due to the upcoming presidential elections.

“We have decided to postpone the programme of fast-unto- death as presidential elections are nearby. We’ll take a call on it at our next all-party meeting on July 18,” a GMCC member said.

The 30-member GMCC represents all hill based parties, including the GJM, the GNLF and the JAP.

First Published: Jul 14, 2017 12:54 IST