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Darjeeling unrest: Evacuate students in 48 hours, GJM orders schools

Regional and local news channels have apparently been 'blacked out' in Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team Darjeeling, West Bengal, India Jun 21, 2017, 11.23 AM (IST)

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM) has given a twelve-hour window on June 23 to various schools in Darjeeling hills to evacuate students.

Darjeeling has been on the boil since last week after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee decided to make Bengali mandatory for all students in the state.

Meanwhile, the strike call by GJM entered its eighth day today, now with the latest move to evacuate students from schools in Darjeeling the situation in the region has taken a turn for the worse.

There are also reports of a "news black out" in Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Locals say several regional and national news channels are unavailable.

Even as the crisis in  Darjeeling continued, chief minister Mamata Banerjee left for the Netherlands to address a United Nations meeting.

 

Darjeeling has been on the boil since June 8th after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha began an indefinite strike against West Bengal government decided to make Bengali language compulsory in schools (Reuters)

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