Peace in Darjeeling Hills as Gorkhas relax shutdown call

June 23rd, 2008 - 4:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Darjeeling, June 23 (ANI): Peace and normalcy prevailed Life returned to normal in the Darjeeling Hills the Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha (GJM) relaxed its indefinite shutdown for the next 60 hours.
The Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJM) had called for an indefinite shutdown from June 10 onwards to mount pressure for the granting of separate statehood.
According to the GJM leaders, the decision to relax the shutdown followed requests of some union ministers to enable school students to finish their term before summer vacations begin from June 25.
According to the police, people were walking on streets, and buying essentials. Vehicles too were seen on roads.
The GJM, comprising about half a dozen parties, has been organizing protests over the past few months in the Darjeeling Hills over a demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.
The West Bengal Government, however, has been resisting the demand. (ANI)

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