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Darjeeling in a state of unrest as GJM & armed forces clash

Jun 09, 2017 12:19 IST
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The West Bengal government sought Army assistance in Darjeeling on Thursday, after police failed to prevent thousands of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters from throwing stones and setting fire to public property. The agitation arose from an announcement made by Banerjee last week that Bengali would be taught compulsorily up to Class 10 in state schools. Though several people were injured in the clashes, which had police personnel lathi-charging GJM supporters armed with stones, the exact number could not be immediately ascertained.