Darjeeling residents getting food, essential commodities through alternative channels

27 June 2017, 10:00 PM
A file photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
A file photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

According to a police report, people in strike-bound Darjeeling hills are getting their supplies of food and essential commodities through alternative channels.

A three-member panel comprising Javed Shamim, Siddhanath Gupta and Ajay Nanda, prepared the report. It stated that daily need items were reaching the hills through Gorubathan, Sikkim and Nepal.

Following renewal of unrest, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee despatched the panel of officers to the hills.

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The GJM activists stockpiled their arms and ammunition at Gorubathan in Kalimpong district, Sukhiapokhri in Darjeeling and Bhaktapur in Nepal, secretariat sources quoting the report said.

However, the activists were suffering from shortage of ammunition as they needed around five lakh rounds of bullets immediately. The report also noted that the Gorkhaland movement had become more democratic.

A senior official at the CMO said that the police were currently looking for a GLA area commander Anik Rai, who is now spearheading the movement.

With PTI inputs.

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First Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:52 PM
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