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HC asks Centre to send four companies of para-military forces to

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Darjeeling protests HC tells Centre to send more troops

Gorkhaland supporters

In the wake of the ongoing unrest in Darjeeling and Kalimpong following the West Bengal government's decision to make "Bengali" language compulsory, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and urged him to convene a tripartite meeting of the central and state government representatives, along with those from the Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha (GJM).

Calcutta High Court today ordered the Union Government to dispatch four companies of para-military forceswithin 48-hours to the Hills and warned both Centre and State Government to prepare for outcome if they failed to restore normalcy in Darjeeling even as all economic and social activities came to a standstill with attacks and arson by suspected Gorkha activists on government establishments continuing unabated. Several government buildings have been burnt down and hydel power projects shut down as the violence, which started in the second week of June, has claimed several lives. He said West Bengal needed more central paramilitary forces because of "huge vacancies" in the state police. Political parties paid little heed to the plight of the people, Justice Mhatre said. Ration shops are closed. How will people survive in the Hills?

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The acting Chief Justice also ordered the district judge of city sessions court to submit a report in one week in the Madan Tamang case - that how many days the accused Bimal Gurung and others were supposed to be present in court and how many days they were actually present. The petition sought a direction to the Centre and state government to ensure safety of vehicles on NH-10, saying that about 20 trucks ferrying supplies to Sikkim were vandalised and their drivers attacked by pro-Gorkhaland activists.

The order came after the State Government requested the Centre onJune 17 to send four more additional forces to bring back normalcy inthe hills.

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