One more Army column deployed in Darjeeling hills

The GJM has claimed that seven of its supporters have been killed in police firing, including four on Saturday.

Published: 10th July 2017 11:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th July 2017 11:49 PM   |  A+A-


DARJEELING:  One more column of the Army moved into the Darjeeling hills which remained tense, but incident-free today as Gorkhaland supporters took out rallies to press their demand for a separate state. An Army column, comprising around 50 personnel, was deployed in Kalimpong last night, defence sources said.

Two columns of the Army had been positioned in Darjeeling and Sonada on Saturday after large-scale violence and arson took place there.

Supporters of various political parties in the hills, wearing their traditional dress, took out processions demanding 'Gorkhaland'. No incident of violence has been reported since last night, officials here said.

Another rally was organised from the Darjeeling station to Singhmari area by the agitation spearheard Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) demanding withdrawal of the security forces from the hills and restoration of Internet services.

Internet services were suspended in Darjeeling and other violence-hit areas on June 18.

The GJM has claimed that seven of its supporters have been killed in police firing, including four on Saturday.

The police have, however, said two persons have died in the hills, including a truck driver whose vehicle was set ablaze, since the over month-long agitation turned violence on June 17.

The police have said not a "single shot" has been fired by them during the stir.

The security forces maintained a close vigil at all police stations, camps and outposts and entry and exit routes to prevent attacks by pro-Gorkhaland supporters, the officials said.

With food supply severely hit due to the indefinite strike, which entered the 26th day, the GJM and various NGOs of the hills carried out distribution of food items. Barring medicine outlets, all shops, schools, colleges remained closed.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp