The three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling have been
paralyzed by an indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM),
a group fighting for an independent Gorkhaland.
Shops and offices were closed starting Monday and schools
will be closed beginning Tuesday. Tourists and students have moved down to the
plains as a result of the strike.
A GJM group left for
Delhi for talks with MP Jaswant Singh who represents Darjeeling in Parliament. Talks
held last year in Delhi failed to achieve any kind of compromise.