Darjeeling burns, random arson to plague administration, rural library burnt, 160-MW Kalijhora hydel power generation stopped

Darjeeling burns, random arson to plague administration, rural library burnt, 160-MW Kalijhora hydel power generation stopped


Darjeeling/Siliguri: All economic and social activities in Darjeeling Hills came to a standstill as attacks and arson by suspected Gorkha activists on the government establishments continued unabated. At least half-a-dozen working places have been set afire and generation at 160-MW Kalijhora Hydel Power Project stopped as indefinite shutdown entered the 33rd day today with no sign of any dialogue to end the stalemate. Reports reaching here said suspected Gorkha miscreants set afire the government-owned Mirik's Prem Chand library, reducing to ashes almost everything. They also set ablaze a tourist lodge at Dhudhia in Darjeeling, vandalised and torched Director office of Fishery at Kurseong and four other places in the hills to scare away the government workers. Arson was reported from Sukhia check-post, Sericulture office at Phoolbazar and tourists lodges at Kurseong and Mirik. However, GJM Assistant Secretary Vinay Tamang denied any involvement of the pro-Gorkhaland supporters, saying they were agitating peacefully to realise the poltical demand of statehood for Indian Gorkhas in Darjeeling hills and Dooars and Terai.

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