Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Two CRPF companies arrive in Darjeeling, two more to arrive

Two CRPF companies arrive in Darjeeling, two more to arrive

West Bengal is now facing the heat of extended protests in Darjeeling calling for a separate Gorkhaland state, as a result of which troops from the Centre were also called in.

Kolkata: The West Bengal state administration on Friday told the Calcutta high court that ultra Left extremists from a "neighbouring country" were inciting trouble in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts with the aim of undermining governance, while assessing the financial loss due to the agitation for Gorkhaland at Rs355 crore.

"We have also alerted the government about regrouping of Maoists in Bengal from Jharkhand", the officer said. The bandh has entered the 33rd day on Monday. As per Indian Express, the West Begal CM has discussed the issue in detail with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in at least five telephonic conversations.

Urging the agitating people to maintain law and order, the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar said: "Sustenance of law and order is the hallmark of progressive civilisation". Thousands of community members have been indulging in strikes and protests attempting to get their voices heard by the state Government and the Centre. Trespassers from Bangladesh and Nepal were stirring up unrest in the state with political motivation, she had alleged. "In terms of the country's foreign policy with these countries which border Bengal, the state government must be made a party by the Centre".

However, pro-Gorkhaland leaders have denied any allegation regarding support by "foreign" hands in the agitation.

Sources said state Advocate General Kishore Dutta submitted a report - prepared by ADG (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma - before the HC seeking its intervention for additional security forces.

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