Bandh total in Darjeeling hills
The 24-hour Darjeeling district bandh called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to protest police action against their activists disrupted normal life in the three hill sub-divisions on Thursday.
All educational institutions, business establishments, shops and markets were closed in Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong subdivisions where vehicles were off the roads.
However, in Siliguri sub-division, located in the plains, the bandh was partial with its effect limited to certain pockets, sources said. GJM activists demonstrated on the outskirts of Siliguri.
Additional police personnel were deployed in various parts of the district.
The bandh was called to protest against the use of batons and teargas shells by police yesterday to disperse GJM activists who tried to take out a procession. They GJM workers clashed with policemen when they tried to stop the demonstration.
Ten policemen, ten GJM supporters and three mediapersons were injured in the clash.
The bandh was being supported by the Kamtapur Peoples Party and Greater Coochbehar Democratic Party.
While the GJM has revived the demand for a separate state of Gorkhland, the KPP and GCDP was agitating for creation of separate states of Kamtapur and Coochbehar respectively.