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Darjeeling unrest: Mamata says will not allow division of Bengal, GJM to continue indefinite strike

Protests erupted in Darjeeling after Banerjee decided to make Bengali compulsory for all schools in the state. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 29, 2017, 12.58 PM (IST)

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today announced that the indefinite strike in the Darjeeling hills would continue.

"We have decided to carry on with the indefinite bandh in the hills," Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders said after a six-hour-long meeting of the political outfits in Kalimpong.

This comes even as West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee earlier in the day said that she “will not allow” the division of Bengal.

"The overwhelming response during the meeting was that the shutdown should carry on. We had a debate on it. But ultimately, it was decided that shutdown will go on in the hills," the GJM leader said.

"We will decide on the next course of action on July 6," they said.

At a public meeting in Burdwan, Banerjee said, "Bengal cannot be divided. I will not allow it."

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 medicine outlets, all shops, schools and colleges were closed, and transport was off the road.

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