Indian police walk during clashes after an indefinite strike called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling on June 15. Photograph: (AFP)
West Bengal state government needs to ensure that peace is restored in the violence-hit city of Darjeeling, the Calcutta High Court has ordered. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had called a shutdown in the popular hill station in east India to protest the imposition of Bangla over Nepali.
The court directed the state government to also submit a situation report in two weeks' time. Violence broke out in the hill town while a state cabinet meeting was on in the Raj Bhavan on June 9. Sporadic incidents of violence have been reported since then.
A Calcutta HC division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty issued the directions reiterating orders by Supreme Court and the high court earlier that decreed bandhs and general strikes illegal.
The high court order came in response to a petition filed by a lawyer and is going to be heard in a fortnight's time.
The state government also has been ordered to submit a report on damage to public and private property.
Petitioner Ramaprasad Sarkar was asked to serve notice to GJM chief Bimal Gurung and party general secretary Roshan Giri who are respondents in the petition.