Para-military forces step up patrolling after GJM activists burnt copies of GTA agreement

In West Bengal, para-military forces stepped up patrolling and state combat forces took position in all sensitive pockets after a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists burnt copies of GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration) agreement across Darjeeling hills.

The indefinite shutdown to press for a separate statehood has entered 16th day today.

The GTA accord was signed on July 18, 2011 between the Centre, West Bengal Government and GJM for a semi-autonomous body to rule the hills.

GJM president Bimal Gurung has described the GTA as a dead body now after the GJM members resigned from it. Mr Gurung said they have now only one option, either to have statehood for Indian Gorkhas in West Bengal or die for it.

Yesterday evening, suspected Gorkha activists torched the house of Rajen Betiwal, Chairman of West Bengal Khas Cultural Development Board, at Paiyun Bustee in Kalimpong.

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