Fresh arson in Darjeeling tells of tensions between Gorkha groups, Trinamool

While Raj Rajeswari hall in Kurseong area was reduced to ashes after the blaze late last night, the Trinamool Congress party office in Darjeeling town was also gutted after it was set on fire today.

Published: 19th July 2017 01:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2017 04:21 PM   |  A+A-

GJM activists at a rally in Darjeeling. | File photo by Express

By Express News Service

KOLKATA: A century-old community hall in Kurseong and a Trinamool Congress party office in Darjeeling were reduced to ashes in a fire lit by unknown miscreants  Tuesday night.

While the Rajeshwari Hall was one of the major assets of the Bengali community in Kurseong, the attack on the Trinamool Congress office is seen as continuation of the animosity between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and Trinamool Congress that resulted in a full-blown clash in Mirik on Monday night claiming the life of one man and injuring eight others.

The charred remains of the community hall have been sent for forensic test.

A police vehicle has reportedly been set on fire during a rally by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists in Darjeeling Wednesday morning.

Sources revealed that another government tourist lodge in Kurseong was also set on fire but the flames were doused as the lodge was located beside a fire station.

Internet remained suspended and shops were closed as the indefinite strike in the hills entered the 35th day on Wednesday. Availability of essential commodities has touched a low.


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