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Darjeeling unrest: Century-old community hall, Trinamool office set ablaze in hills

PTI
Published Jul 19, 2017, 9:34 pm IST
Updated Jul 19, 2017, 9:34 pm IST
The 100-year-old Raj Rajeswari Hall in the Kurseong sub-division was reduced to cinder when GJM activists set it afire late last night.
 A vehicle in flames after it was set on fire by the protesters in Darjeeling on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)
  A vehicle in flames after it was set on fire by the protesters in Darjeeling on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

Darjeeling: Pro-Gorkhaland agitators again went on rampage on Wednesday in the stir-hit Darjeeling hills, burning down a century-old community hall, a Trinamool Congress office and a police vehicle.

The 100-year-old Raj Rajeswari Hall in the Kurseong sub-division was reduced to cinder when GJM activists set it afire late last night.

 

In fresh violence on Wednesday, agitators set aflame a Trinamool Congress office in Darjeeling and hurled a petrol bomb at an unoccupied police vehicle at Chowkbazar.

A garage of a TMC councillor in Mirik was also burnt down by alleged GJM activists.

"No one was injured in those incidents. We are trying to identify the culprits," an official said.

The GJM, meanwhile, decided to hold a sit-in at Chowkbazar to protest against the alleged killing of nine pro-Gorkhaland agitators in police firing.

The police, however, maintained that two persons died in the hills including a truck driver whose vehicle was set ablaze since on Tuesday.

 

The Gorkhaland supporters, dressed in traditional Nepali attire, took out rallies in the morning across the hills. They raised slogans in support of their demand as the police and security forces patrolled the streets.

Internet services remained suspended on the 35th day of the indefinite shutdown on Thursday. Except pharmacy, all other shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed.

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