Send four more CRPF companies to Darjeeling within 48 hours: Calcutta HC to govt

Indian army personnel stand guard along a street during an indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Kolkata, West Bengal, India Jul 14, 2017, 08.19 AM (IST)

The Calcutta High Court has directed the central government to send four more companies of CRPF to Darjeeling within the next two days.

The Centre reacted immediately saying, "four additional companies of CRPF are being sent to maintain law and order in Darjeeling and Kalimpong."

"CRPF companies deployed in Darjeeling area shall only be utilised by the West Bengal govt to maintain law and order," the Centre asserted. 

On Wednesday night, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration tourist information office at Chowrasta in Darjeeling was set on fire by a mob.

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The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha along with other hill parties a few days ago had decided to go on fast-unto-death to press the Bengal government for a separate state of Gorkhaland. 

The indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM) has entered the 29th day today. 

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The Centre reacted immediately saying CRPF companies deployed in Darjeeling area shall only be?utilised by the West Bengal govt to maintain law and order.