Darjeeling unrest: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha led indefinite strike enters 9th day

Indefinite bandh in Darjeeling Hills to continue announces GJM after all-party meeting

Holding aloft the tricolour, GJM youth members led the rally from Chawk Bazar, the famous lower market area on the Hill cart Road in Darjeeling, passionately shouting pro-Gorkhaland slogans.

"Gorkhaland is our right and we will have it". "We can only negotiate with the Indian government and only on one point - Gorkhaland, the separate state we want".

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has called an all-party meeting in Darjeeling on Tuesday to discuss the next course of action. The shutdown's effect could be seen on the streets and markets of the town as the whole region is under a volatile situation. Anybody disturbing the law and order situation in the hills would face "tough handling" by the police, he said. Since morning, there has been no incident of violence.

Apart from the convener GJM, major political parties in the hills including ex-Trinamool Congress ally Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), Harka Bahadur Chettri's Jana Andolan Party, Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League and a non-political organisation named Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh participated in the meeting. As Darjeeling remained on the boil over a separate statehood agitation, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday appealed to protesters not to resort to violence and, instead, hold dialogue to resolve any issue. "When they were fighting against their language then also FIR was filed", Darjeeling BJP MP S.S. Ahluwalia told the media. In a way, we are very disappointed, ' Rai had told India Today. We had expected something positive from the part of the Central government.

GJM is an ally of BJP and it was with the help of GJM that BJP won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat twice in 2009 and 2014.

The procession marked the protest of death of three Morcha supporters by alleged police firing yesterday at Chowk Bazar in Darjeeling.

At Singabari, an angry mob slashed the throat of a police official when he was trying to stop them from setting fire to police and government vehicles. While roads wore deserted look, shops and business establishments downed their shutters, school and colleges remained shut, attendance in the government offices was nearly negligible, majority of people stayed indoors with eyebrows furrowing for fast diminishing stocks of fuel and food and spiralling prices of essentials in black markets.

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