GJM Sponsored Strike Enters Fourth Day in Darjeeling Hills

With the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM)-sponsored indefinite bandh entering the fourth day, normal life in the Darjeeling Hills remained paralysed on Thursday.

Sources said that shops, business and other establishments remained closed and government offices saw thin attendance with vehicles keeping off roads in most of the areas.

Functioning of all 78 tea gardens in the hills and cinchona plantation in Kalimpong also came to a halt.

The shutdown also crippled road communication to the neighbouring Himalayan state of Sikkim as the arterial NH 31A, passing through Kalimpong sub-division, was blocked by bandh activists.

Demanding that political talks be held early in next month, GJM press secretary Benoy Tamang said that his organisation is yet to get any clarification about the real status of third round tripartite talks proposed by the Centre.

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