In twin orders, SC & HC direct Centre to rush forces to Darjeeling

Violence Continue in Bengal Hills HC Asks Centre to Rush More Forces

Violence Continue in Bengal Hills HC Asks Centre to Rush More Forces

A railway protection force office, a police outpost and a state-run library were set on fire in Darjeeling by the protesters on Friday.

Senior police officials here said they were yet to study the SC order but added that they would press for eight more CRPF companies as the two orders were given by two separate courts in response to two different petitions.

Sharma said in view of the routine workload of the police, the state was unable to deploy more forces from its own resources to deal with the unrest in Darjeeling.

With food supply severely hit due to the indefinite strike, which entered the 30th day today, the GJM and various NGOs of the hills distributed food items among people. The picturesque hill station had earlier witnessed a 40-day bandh in 1988 and a 44-day shutdown in 2013. The Centre had already sent seven companies of paramilitary forces, including three companies of women CRPF personnel, and three of theSSB, to the hills augmenting the three already present there.

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On Friday, the Centre chose to send four more companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to ensure the safety of citizens in Darjeeling.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had recently said the Centre was to blame for the unrest in Darjeeling and North 24 Parganas because it could not secure global borders.

The Supreme Court order, from a bench of justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shanatanagoudar, said the deployment of four more CRPF companies was required to maintain law and order and to remove a blockade from NH-10 connecting Sikkim to Bengal.

The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) has chose to postpone its fast-unto-death programme from July 15 due to upcoming presidential elections. "We'll take a call on it at our next all-party meeting on July 18", a GMCC member said.

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