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Bandh and Tension continue in Darjeeling


Tension continued to prevail in West Bengal's northern hill district Darjeeling Sunday as an indefinite shutdown called by Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) to protest over the attack on its leader by rival party supporters entered its third day.

The situation continues to be tense in the hills and section 144 is still being imposed there. There's a total shutdown, which had an adverse impact on life in Darjeeling, Kerseong and Kalimgpong subdivisions . Violence rocked Darjeeling Friday after GNLF leader and former Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) councillor K.B. Gurung was attacked by its rival party workers of the Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM).

After the incident, GJMM party workers led by Bimal Gurung went on a rampage destroying houses of GNLF workers. The sporadic clashes between the rival factions left 11 people injured in the hills. The GNLF, led by Subash Ghisingh, is the main political party in the hills, while, Bimal Gurung, the president of the GJMM, was expelled from GNLF for 'anti-party' activities.

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