Darjeeling Unrest: Hill Parties To Fast Unto Death From July 15


Darjeeling: The all-party meet convened by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today decided to continue with the indefinite strike in Darjeeling.

The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee, which is spearheading the movement for Gorkhaland, has announced a fast unto death sit-in from July 15. Members of all hill-based parties are likely to be a part of this protest, which will start from the main crossing in Darjeeling at 11 am.

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Pro-Gorkhaland supporters will also gherao District Magistrate and Sub-Divisional Officer’s (SDO) offices in Siliguri and Darjeeling on July 14.

A ‘jhola jaloos’ (Bag March) has been planned from Darjeeling to Siliguri on July 16.
July 13 will be celebrated as Gorkha Unity Day across the hills and literary awards given to Gorkhas will be returned to the West Bengal government.

A delegation of hill parties will soon go to Delhi and put forth its demand for Gorhaland.
The nearly month-long agitation in Darjeeling has witnessed clashes between security force personnel and civilians.

In a fresh round of violence reported last weekend, three civilians were killed in clashes.
The trigger for the widespread protests across Darjeeling was the decision by the Mamata Banerjee government to make Bengali language mandatory for students up to Class 10.
The protests against West Bengal government’s decision to impose Bengali language on the hills soon snowballed into a movement for Gorkhaland.