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WB: GJM bandh enters 11th day, 200 protestors arrested so far


Sougata Mukhopadhyay,CNN-IBN
Aug 13, 2013 at 10:18am IST

Darjeeling:The bandh called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha entered its 11th day on Tuesday. Close to 200 GJM protestors have been arrested, increasing tensions in Darjeeling. The GJM has been protesting since August 3 for granting a statehood to Gorkhaland.

Even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given an ultimatum, the cracks in the state is deepening as the Gorkha faction vowed to continue to agitate for separate statehood.

"All part condemns the Bengal government which has unleashed state sponsored terror with the help of its police force," said Harka Bahadur Chhetri, GJM Leader.

The protestors have been arrested after a order passed by Calcutta High Court.

Meanwhile, with a hope to win more publc support, the party workers distributed vegetables to BPL families, claiming they are the worst hit by the curfew. As pro-Gorkhaland protestors are digging their heels in, the industries in and around Darjeeling is set to be hit further. While tourism has been affected by the continuous protest even the tea industry hasn't been spared.

"The bandh has badly hampered my studies and other school activities," said a student, North Point School Darjeeling.

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