Darjeeling: Many shops on Wednesday reopened in the Darjeeling hills after nearly three months of shutdown. The development comes two days after shops and markets opened in Mirik and Kurseong sub-divisions in the hills.Though shops at Chowrasta and Chowbazar remained closed, markets near the Darjeeling Station reopened.
Life, however, continued to be paralysed in the other parts of the hills with shops and markets closed due to the GorkhaJanmuktiMorcha (GJM)-sponsored indefinite shutdown, which entered its 83rd day on Tuesday.
West Bengal Tourism Minister GoutamDeb urged people to restore normalcy and peace in the Darjeeling hills where the GJM-sponsored indefinite strike entered the 84th day. Gautam Deb held a peace rally in the Darjeeling hills and urged the people to speak out against it.
The TMC also distributed food among people who had gathered in large numbers at the Gadidhura near Sukna. On the other side two leaders of the GJM’s women’s wing ‘NariMorcha’, SabitaRai and Pompa Lama, joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) this morning. GJM treasurer of Rohini tea garden BhimsenOron along with 150 tea workers also joined the TMC, party sources said.
The search operation to trace absconding GJM chief Gurung, against whom cases have been lodged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), continued in the Darjeeling hills and adjoining areas.
Rallies in support of Gorkhaland and the ongoing shutdown were taken out in parts of Darjeeling, Sonada and Kalimpong. Internet services in the hills remain suspended since June 18.