DARJEELING: As a GJM-sponsored shutdown of government offices started today morning, eight suspected Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists were taken into custody.
The hill station of Darjeeling wore a deserted look as the shutdown began amid tight security. Several hotels were closed and very few vehicles were on the roads and the Toy Train did not play from here. However, transport and hotels were exempted from the bandh.
Schools and colleges were also exempted from the purview of the shutdown, called by the GJM for reviving its demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland. Most eateries, shops, markets and private offices downed their shutters and GJM party flags were seen fluttering all over the hills.
State police sources said, around eight persons allegedly belonging to the GJM were detained this morning for trying to set on fire a BDO office at Phulbazar in Bijanbari block.