KOLKATA: Armed with High Court order that termed bandh call by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha as 'illegal', Mamata Banerjee administration on Wednesday for the first time showed it's strength on a massive scale in the Darjeeling Hills by detaining more than 250 agitating GJM members including 5 Gorkha Territorial Administration members enforcing the 12-hour bandh call given by GJM chief Bimal Gurung.
Three ministers of Mamata Banerjee's administration walked the streets in the three subdivisions of Darjeeling district and opened closed shops and businesses. GJM supporters vandalised three cars with TMC flag tied to them in Pedong and Maili.
Darjeeling District Magistrate Anurag Srivastava claimed there were 96% attendance in government offices.
Police and GJM supporters clashed in Dambar Chowk of Kalimpong. Five of the Gorkha Territorial Administration members were arrested. However, the GJM chief did not take to the streets.
Tourism minister Goutam Deb said that the state would not keep mum of attacked.