Darjeeling: A day after thousands of angry Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists indulged in arson and pelted stones at police in Darjeeling, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday described the 12-hour-long shutdown by the GJM as “illegal”, vowing to take legal action against those who participate in it.
The Army on Friday staged a flag march in Kalimpong, Darjeeling, and Kurseong.
The strike, however, almost stalled life in the hills this morning with most of the shops, eateries and markets remaining closed and vehicles off the roads. However, there were no reports of fresh violence in the hills, where the situation continued to be tense.
Three companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have also been deployed to ensure peace.
The state government has arranged for a fleet of buses to evacuate thousands of tourists caught in the crossfire between the police and the Morcha supporters.