The indefinite bandh of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in support of a separate Gorkhaland state began Monday with the supporters of the outfit setting ablaze a government office in a village near Darjeeling. The panchayat officer’s chamber was gutted at Bijanbari village, about 35 km from Darjeeling.
The situation has been brought under control, and three people have been arrested. The bandh has called for a shutdown of all government (state & Central), and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration offices. The GJM is also protesting the alleged imposition of Bengali language in schools across the state.
HT also reports that section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which bars assembly of more than four persons, has been imposed around government offices in Darjeeling.
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