Darjeeling Unrest: Calcutta HC Orders Govt To Submit ‘Strike’ Damage Report

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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court  on Friday termed the strike helmed by GJM in Darjeeling as illegal. It also ordered state government to submit an interim report assessing financial damage caused by Gorkha activists in Darjeeling. A two week time has been extended.

The Calcutta High Court on Friday asked the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) representatives to appear on June 23.

It also said that its previous order regarding strikes should be implemented.The court upheld the verdict of former judge Arun Mishra on the damages incurred during strike in the state.

মোর্চার পাহাড় বনধ অবৈধ ঘোষণা কলকাতা হাইকোর্টের

After the report submission, the court might possibly seek the compensation amount from the Gokha activists who fueled the unrest in Darjeeling.

The illegal bandh is disrupting normal lives which is uncalled for. A PIL seeking strict opposition of bandh in the hills was filed on September last year in Chief Judge Arun Kumar Mishra’s office. The court criticized the working plan of Gorkha movement and pronounced the strike as illegal. The verdict was on Friday upheld by the court.

Besides the report on  wholesome financial damages, the court also sought report on the vandalization of government properties which incurred financial losses.

Contempt of Court charges to be framed if the order is not followed.

Banerjee was holding a cabinet meeting in Darjeeling on June 8 – a first in 45 years – when GJM protesters laid siege to vast swathes of the town for hours, attacked and injured policemen and vandalized public property. The protesters were marching towards the venue of the cabinet meet.

GJM’s Bimal Gurung had called for a 12-hour and later indefinite shutdown. The protesters clashed with police, which resorted to baton charge and burst tear gas shells to disperse the agitators who tried to march to the venue of the cabinet meeting.