Bomb rips through Darjeeling on 69th day of  GJM shutdown, no injuries

The blast took place on the 69th day of the indefinite shutdown called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, which has demand a separate Gorkhaland state be carved out of the north Bengal hills.

Published: 19th August 2017 01:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th August 2017 02:07 PM   |  A+A-

In this image dated 19-Aug 2017, window panes of the shops damaged by the bomb blast are seen in Darjeeling on the 69th shutdown called by Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha. (Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

KOLKATA: A blast ripped through the heart of Darjeeling town in West Bengal in the wee hours of Saturday.

Though no casualty was reported, the intensity of the blast near Old Supermarket in the town created a crater on the road and damaged some 12 shops in the vicinity.

Darjeeling SP Akhilesh Chaturvedi said that no casualty was reported as the road was deserted when the blast took place at around 12.15 am on Saturday. He added that investigation into the nature of the blast and possible suspects were underway.

No group or organisation has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Meanwhile, the blast sent shockwaves among the residents of Darjeeling, many of whom were woken up by the loud explosion that was heard throughout the tiny hill town.

The indefinite strike in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts entered the 69th day on Saturday.

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