Monday, June 23, 2008

GJMM relaxes bandh till Wednesday morning

DARJEELING, June 22: The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) relaxed its indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills for 60 hours beginning 6 pm today.
The 60-hour breather, from 6 pm today till 6 am on Wednesday (June 25), was decided at the central committee meeting at the “request from different quarters including ministers and MPs and also considering the overall situation.”
Talking to reporters here today, Bimal Gurung, the president of GJMM said that the bandh has been relaxed after persistent request from the Union Ministers as well as because of several students, who have been stranded in hostels across the Darjeeling Hills even after the start of their summer vacation.
He further announced that all the schools, colleges and tea gardens, which were running despite the strike, would now be totally closed from Wednesday onwards.
A team headed by Roshan Giri, the General Secretary of the Morcha would be going to New Delhi for talks with the Central leaders on the issue of Gorkhaland, he informed.
Benoy Tamang, publicity secretary said the blockade of the National Highway 31A, linking Siliguri to Gangtok, would be lifted during the relaxation period enabling resumption of vital supply of essential commodities to Sikkim.
The indefinite bandh demanding for a separate Gorkhaland State had started on June 16 this month.