Gorkha group defers Darjeeling shutdown to Monday

June 13th, 2008 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Siliguri, June 13 (IANS) The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (JGM), agitating for a separate Gorkhaland state in northern West Bengal, Friday deferred its proposed indefinite shutdown in the Darjeeling hills by two days to Monday. “Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi has sent a letter to our president Bimal Gurung, appealing for peace. Respecting the letter and giving time to the government to arrest those involved in the atrocities on our supporters, we are deferring the shutdown till Monday,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told IANS.

The GJM Tuesday called for a shutdown for an indefinite period in the hills, but gave a 60-hour relaxation Wednesday to enable thousands of stranded tourists to leave the hills. The shutdown was to resume from 6 a.m. Saturday.

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