Darjeeling: The indefinite strike called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling , demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland, entered its eighth day On Monday. The strike affected the services of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, popularly known as Toy Train, which is an attraction for the tourists.
Before leaving the Kolkata CM Mamata Banerjee said, “Violent protest won’t be tolerated. My ministers are monitoring the situation”. On Monday she left Kolkata for her Netherlands visit.
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On Sunday, GJM supporters assembled at the Chowk Bazar area and took out a silent procession in protest against the death of three activists. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also appealed for calm in the region and said that dialogue can resolve the issue.
The unrest began after West Bengal government announced their decision to make Bengali mandatory in all the schools. Despite the government amending its notification, exempting the Hills, the protests snowballed into demands for a separate state.
There were reports of tourists, both local and foreign, being stranded in the region because of the current turmoil.