GJM to Darjeeling schools: Kids can go home

  • GJM to Darjeeling schools: Kids can go home

GJM to Darjeeling schools: Kids can go home

Darjeeling has been on the boil since June 08 after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha began an indefinite strike against West Bengal government's decision to make Bengali language compulsory in schools.

Police and security forces patrolled the streets of the bandh-hit hills and police pickets were placed at Darjeeling's entry and exit routes.

Darjeeling has been on the boil since last week after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee decided to make Bengali mandatory for all students in the state.

Besides Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL), Gorkha Rajya Nirman Manch (GRNM), Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) and Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists (CPRM) took part in the meeting.

"The students will be allowed to go to Siliguri and Rongpo only in school buses".

However, no untoward incidents were reported from anywhere in the Darjeeling region.

Protest marches were held on the seventh day of the GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown today- in the Darjeeling hills where normal life remained crippled and Internet services suspended with the security forces maintaining a hawk-eyed vigil. Bimal Gurung headed GJM dominates the GTA.

According to a report in ANI, the strike has forced around 528 boarding students of 128-year-old St. Joseph's School to stay on campus with many day scholars unable to attend school. The members of the agreement in 2011 were the union home ministry, the state government and the GJM.

GJM spokesperson T Arjun had told reporters after the meeting that it was also decided that an all-party coordination committee would be formed which would soon send a delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to press for the demand for Gorkhaland.

The pro Gorkhaland activists were seen putting up posters all around the city demanding the separate Gorkhaland. "We are safe inside".