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GJM-led strike continues in Darjeeling, police arrests official in BDO office burning case

File photo of Indian Army personnel stand along a street during the indefinite strike called by the GJM in Darjeeling. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 13, 2017, 05.18 AM (IST)

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has called for an all-party meeting today as the indefinite strike in Darjeeling entered its second day today.

Terai and Dooars joint forum demanded a raise in minimum wages. Meanwhile, police arrested Gorkhaland territorial administration's Satish Pokhrel for his alleged involvement in Bijanbari BDO office burning which occurred yesterday.

The current agitation arose from an announcement made by Mamata Banerjee earlier that Bengali would be taught compulsorily up to Class 10 in the state schools.

After the GJM cadres clashed with the police following their protests against Mamata's visit to Darjeeling and her decision to make Bengali compulsory in syllabus of schools across the state, the Army was called in to control the situation.

The Bengal government has posted heavy security personnel across Darjeeling in a bid to stop the situation from spiralling out of control.

 

On Friday, a PIL was filed in the Calcutta High Court against the bandh called by GJM in Darjeeling, declaring it to be 'unconstitutional and illegal' (WION)

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