Amid Darjeeling Violence, Locals Provide Food To Tourists

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Darjeeling: When the entire nation’s conscience shook up after Thursday’s violence in Darjeeling, a bizarre incident touched our hearts.

It is said that when all the roads close, one road always remains open. According to ‘The Darjeeling Chronicle’, the locals from Darjeeling offered food to the stranded tourists. The locals claimed that they were not against the Bengalis, but were against Mamata Banerjee and her policy.

Darjeeling was shaken up on Thursday after supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) protested against WB CM Mamata’s announcement to include Bengali language in schools. The protest turned violent leading to the government taking strong steps like bringing in the Army, withdrawing bodyguards of GJM chief Bimal Gurung and filing an FIR against him.

Tourists stranded in Darjeeling, Pic Courtesy – The Darjeeling Chronicle

The army had staged flag marches in Darjeeling on Thursday, and was also deployed in Kurseong and Kalimpong on Friday as a precautionary measure. Three columns of the Central Reserve Police Force have also been deployed in these places.

Mamata, who decided on Thursday night to stay back in Darjeeling till peace is restored, said the 12-hour strike called by GJm was “illegal”.

Although she promised legal action against those who took part in the strike, normal life was stalled as most shops, eateries and markets remained closed and vehicles did not ply.

“Strike, bandh cannot be called for every other issue. This cannot be a message of peace,” said Mamata.

Locals preparing food for the stranded tourists, pic courtesy – The Darjeeling Chronicle

The chief minister went on a morning walk on Friday.

“I have been roaming around the area since morning. I have seen the manner in which the vehicles have been set on fire. There was no issue or any incident. We want peace and development in the hills. The army has already started route march. Law will take its own course,” she said.