GJM calls indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling hills

Darjeeling, May 24 (IANS) The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Friday called an indefinite shutdown in north Bengal’s Darjeeling hills from Sunday to protest the arrest of an elected member of the hill development body for alleged involvement in arson and violence.

The GJM gave the call Friday evening after a local court rejected the bail application of Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) member and party leader Chandray Yonzon, who was taken into custody in connection with the ransacking and torching of the house of Trinamool Congress leader K.N. Subba at Gorubathan under Kalimpong sub-division of Darjeeling district.

“He (Yonzon) is an elected member of the GTA. Before arresting any legislator, the permission of the assembly speaker has to be taken. Then why did the administration and police not see permission from the presiding officer of the GTA Sabha?” asked GJM general secretary Roshan Giri.

“We are compelled to call an indefinite shutdown in the three hill subdivisions OF Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseyong from 6 a.m. on Sunday,” Giri said.

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