Except medicine outlets, all shops, schools and colleges are closed, and transport is off the road. Photograph: (Twitter)
Protests in the Darjeeling hills turned violent today as Trinamool Congress (TMC) office and a North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) ticket counter in Kalimpong were set on fire.
Visuals posted by ANI on Twitter show smoke coming out of the office.
A local resident told WION buses were also burnt down in Kalimpong. She added that firing is currently underway near the town’s main market and that all residents have been advised to stay indoors.
Protests erupted in Darjeeling after Banerjee decided to make Bengali compulsory for all schools in the state. An indefinite strike was announced by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on June 12.
Except for medicine outlets, all shops, schools and colleges are closed, and transport is off the road.