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Gorkhaland protests: GJM supporters held, normal life hit in Darjeeling

August 04, 2013 14:42 IST

Six members of Gorkha Janmukti Morch were arrested on Sunday for stopping the vehicle of the superintendent of police during the bandh in Darjeeling hills.

According to the police, GJM members, including a woman, were arrested early on Sunday morning for stopping the vehicle of Superintendent of Police Kunal Agarwal during the second day of the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling and other pending cases against them. They were arrested from their residences and taken to the Darjeeling Sadar police station for interrogation, sources said.

A large number of GJM supporters and local leaders gheraoed the Sadar police station at about 10.30 am and demanded their immediate release. The arrested persons were later taken to Darjeeling District Hospital amid sloganeering by GJM supporters, sources said.

In a separate incident, GJM supporters set ablaze a passenger vehicle on NH-31A at Kalijhora in Kalimpong sub-division. The police and the Central Reserve Police Force personnel have been patrolling the areas and special striking Ffrce have reached there to nab the miscreants, they said.

Meanwhile, normal life continues to be paralysed in Darjeeling hills on the second day on Sunday due to an indefinite bandh demanding separate Gorkhaland state.

All shops, markets remained closed in the three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong in the district.

GJM workers have erected road blockades in many places. All tourists have left the hills and transport has been off roads.

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