Today is the third day of protest of GJM at hills.The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) led shutdown in the Darjeeling hills entered the third day on Wednesday with rallies being taken out to demand a separate state, Gorkhaland. Police was on high alert with patrolling under way in several areas. No untoward incident was reported till afternoon. Most shops in and around Chowbazar and Mall Road in the hill town were closed.Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the government and GTA offices and various entry-exit points of the hills while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizeable number of women police personnel were deployed.
A GJM procession had marched to several government offices in Chowkbazar area yesterday to stop people from attending their office. The march turned violent and protesters pelted stones at the police when they were stopped.
The Centre had despatched 600 paramilitary personnel to assist the West Bengal government in restoring normalcy in the violence-hit area. A detailed report on the situation in the hill district is being sought from the state government.