GJM to relax strike for 12 hours on Eid al-Fitr eve
GJM has relaxed its indefinite strike for 12 hours for Eid-al-Fitr Photograph: (AFP)
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has agreed on relaxing its indefinite strike for 12 hours for the Muslim community on Sunday on the eve of Eid in Darjeeling.
The GJM has given a 12-hour "window" to the schools in the Darjeeling hills to evacuate their students safely to Siliguri and Rongpo.
The boarding schools of Darjeeling are facing a difficult time due to the shutdown as vacations are soon going to end.
The indefinite shutdown has also given a serious blow to Darjeeling's tea industry. The premium quality 'second flush' tea leaves have gone waste which has caused heavy losses to the garden owners. The livelihoods of more than two lakh tea workers are also at stake.
The tea garden owners feel that they will lose 45 per cent of their yearly revenue.
The indefinite strike was called in the hills by GJM on Thursday, June 15.
The clashes turned ugly when police opened fire on the protestors and GJM supporters on Saturday, June 17. When the GJM chief Bimal Gurung's demands of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry weren't given heed, he resigned from his post of chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).
Gurung said, "Indefinite strike to continue. All-party meeting postponed to June 29. We will burn GTA agreement on June 27."