Army continues patrolling amidst bandh; Mamata holds emergency meeting in Darjeeling

Army continues patrolling amidst bandh; Mamata holds emergency meeting in Darjeeling


Army continues patrolling amidst bandh; Mamata holds emergency meeting in Darjeeling


Darjeeling/ Siliguri:  Army continued patrolling all sensitive pockets across Darjeeling Hills today amidst Bimal Gurung-led Gorkha Janmukti Morcha ( GJM)-sponsored 12-hour shutdown, which was declared illegal by the Trinamool Congress government, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held an emergency meeting here to assess the latest law and order situation. Ms Banerjee, camping at Raj Bhawan in the Hills, early this morning moved around the Mall, the scene of violence last afternoon where at least 50 policemen, were injured and some 15 vehicles and traffic post set afire by the GJM supporters. Ms Banerjee said, ' The strike is illegal and whoever would abstain from duty would face curtailment of salary. We would not allow any vandalism. We know that some 4/5 persons are behind all these trouble and they will face consequence according to laws. We have tolerated enough and now is time to be rough and tough against the vandalism of the government and public property. " " We will not spare anybody after yesterday's violence. We in the government have supported them (GJM) so far, but now time has come to take stern action. We will tell the people not to support any strike and violence in the Hills as the region is depending on tourism, " she clarified. The emergency meeting attended among others were state Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee, the Home Secretary, the DGP and the Principal Secretary of the GTA ( Gorkha Territorial Administration. Ms Banejee said she would stay until all the tourists leave the hills safely and ensure restoration of normalcy in Darjeeling. A three-member panel of IPS - Javed Shamim, Siddhinath Gupta and Ajay Nanda - who have experience in the hills affairs and North Bengal, has been entrusted to oversee the law and order situation in Darjeeling. " We have seen enough violence in the Hills and now time has come to stop the disrupting elements," Ms Banerjee told reporters after the meeting. She also announced Rs 1 lakh compensation for a police person, who suffered injuries in one of his eyes due to stone throwing by the GJM supporters, Rs 25,000 each to four injured personnel and Rs 20,000 to 15 other security personnel.

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