GANGTOK, August 3: Suspected pro-Gorkhaland activists have torched a food-laden vehicle in front of Darjeeling railway station, hours after the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) decided to intensify the statehood movement, rejecting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeal to shun violence and restore peace.
The truck was set on fire near 27th Mile on NH 10 while returning from Gangtok at around 1600 hours today. It was not immediately known if the truck, covered with iron sheet from all sides, was carrying goods.
The truck belonged to Safexpress, a top logistics and supply chain management company in India offering logistics services & cargo services.
Though the unending shutdown in Darjeeling Hills entered the 50th day today with no sign of any real peace effort either from the Union Government or the State Government to end the political deadlock in the sensitive and strategically hills of eastern Himalaya, the actual shutdown began from June 9, a day after Ms Banerjee held her first Cabinet meeting in the hills outside Kolkata.
The GMCC in its fourth meeting and first in New Delhi on Tuesday resolved to carry out the ongoing shutdown and warned the Union Government to bear the responsibility of the worsening situation during the movement. The GMCC, a platform of several political parties operating in the hills, now threw the ball to the Central court, saying it was a political struggle for statehood of the Indian Gorkhas and refused to have any dialogue with the State Government.
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