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Ethnic Gorkhas revive protests on their demand of separate homeland

Darjeeling, Tue, 09 Dec 2008 ANI

Darjeeling, Dec 9 (ANI): Members of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) have revived their demand by calling indefinite strike of all State Government's offices in Darjeeling Hills.


GJM claimed that their call for shutdown got an overwhelming response and all the State Government offices such as forest offices, banks, local council offices and others remained closed on the first day of the indefinite strike.


The protest comes in the wake of tripartite talks that were supposed to be held in November did not convene.


"The date for the tripartite talks was supposed to be out by last week of November, but it is still not fixed. Now, tripartite talks will not be held. We just demand separate 'Gorkhaland'. To support the 'Gorkhaland' issue, all the offices of the State Government like forest offices, banks, Panchayat offices, in entire Gorkhaland area will remain cl osed," said Raj Singh Diali, Secretary of Youth Wing of GJM.


The GJM, comprising about half a dozen parties, has been organizing protests over the past few months in the Darjeeling Hills over the statehood demand.


GJM is demanding that a separate state of "Gorkhaland" be carved out of West Bengal to protect their culture and heritage.


Gorkhas constitute one million of West Bengal's 80 million people, most of them concentrated in Darjeeling. (ANI)


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