The indefinite strike in the Darjeeling hills goes on for the 50th day as well. Various rallies were conducted by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and other hill parties. Thay all are demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland.

The GJM rallies demanded restoration of internet services and an immediate withdrawal of police personnel from the hills, while the other parties stuck to the Gorkhaland demand.

No incident of violence was reported from the area since last night, but the police and security personnel kept up their vigil.

GJM assistant general secretary Binay Tamang said the party leadership would meet on August 8 to decide on the future course of action.

“On July 30, we had given a 10-day deadline to the Union government to intervene in the situation in Darjeeling. But, we are yet to witness any development (on that front). So, on August 8, our top leadership will meet to discuss the next course of action,” he told reporters here.

Meanwhile, the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), a body of all the hill parties including the GJM, which is spearheading the Gorkhaland protest, will stage a day-long hunger strike in New Delhi tomorrow.

Barring the pharmacies, all other shops, schools and colleges remained closed in the Darjeeling hills. The internet services are suspended there since June 18.

(Source: Times of India)

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