2 GJM women activists arrested for arson

17 Aug 2017

The police arrested two women GJM activists here today for their alleged involvement in violence and arson that rocked the hills in June.

"We have arrested two women activists from Darjeeling for their involvement in arson and violence. We conducted area domination march in various parts of Darjeeling and Mirik today too," a senior police official said. The hills have been paralysed by an indefinite strike which entered the 64th day today. Though no incident of violence has been reported since last night, the police and security personnel have been keeping a tight vigil.

The GJM, which is spearheading the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland, took out rallies in various parts of the hills. They demanded restoration of internet services, which was cut off in the hills since June 18, besides an immediate withdrawal of security force from Darjeeling. Activists of various social organisations donning traditional Nepali attire also took out rallies and raised slogans in support of Gorkhaland.

The GJM activists and NGOs were seen distributing food among the locals as food supply has been severely hit due to the prolonged shutdown. Barring medicine shops, all other commercial establishments, schools and colleges remained shut.