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Darjeeling unrest: Several establishments torched, Centre directed to send 4 more CRPF companies

Darjeeling unrest: Several establishments torched, Centre directed to send 4 more CRPF companies

India Blooms News Service | | 14 Jul 2017, 10:04 pm
Darjeeling, July 14 (IBNS): A division bench of the Calcutta High Court, comprising Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty, on Friday directed the Central government to send four more companies of paramilitary forces to Darjeeling hills in next the 48 hours.

The division bench also said if the Central and state governments fail to bring Darjeeling unrest under control and restore peace there, the court would take strict step.

Since Wednesday night, strike supporters allegedly vandalized few police vehicles and Sikkim-bound trucks.

They also torched several government establishments, including a public library and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway's headquarters in Kurseong.

GJM leaders, however, claimed that their activists were not involved with these incidents.

Meanwhile, TMC's only counselor in Darjeeling, Chungchun Bhutia, reportedly resigned from his party and chairpersons of two local development boards stepped down from their posts on Friday.

A heavy force from the state police, 11 companies of central paramilitary forces and few columns of the Indian Army are carrying out route marches there in the hills. 

Earlier, two strike supporters were  killed during a clash with police force in Darjeeling hills, taking the death toll to 3.

Alleging that a supporter of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) was shot dead by police, supporters of GNLF and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) had gone on a rampage and clashed with the police last Saturday morning.

As the strike and agitation are underway in the hills, internet services remained suspended for the 27th day.

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