Kolkata: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has given a call for an indefinite bandh in the Terai and Dooars region of West Bengal to press for its demand for a separate Gorkhaland state. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the GJM to respect the terms of the tripartite agreement and exercise restraint.
But the GJM has gone ahead with the bandh call following violence in the region. The GJM called for an indefinite bandh after the state government denied the party permission to hold public meeting at Doars.
Members of the Terai-Doars Joint Action Committee, the anti-bandh faction, clashed with GJM workers at Andalbari. GJM workers pelted stones at the police following which police fired two rounds. Seven shops were set on fire at Banarhat and the road to Sikkim has been blocked by GJM workers.
Police have arrested 150 bandh supporters from different parts of Terai and Dooars so far.