Darjeeling, Sept 8 (IBNS) Security forces in overnight search operations arrested 35 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists, including a businessman in Darjeeling district of West Bengal even as an indefinite shut down for the Gorkhaland state affected life in the hills.
Darjeeling´s superintendent of police Kunal Agarwal on Sunday said during fresh search operations 35 people have been arrested from different parts of the hills.
A Kalimpong based businessman, identified as Asoke Periwal, was also arrested from Siliguri on Saturday for alleged funding to the
criminals. He was also close to GJM president Bimal Gurung.
The Kalimpong police also arrested two youths on charges of extortion who demanded money from Ajay Agarwal, local bureau chief of Nepali daily 'Himalaya Darpan'.
Agarwal had filed a police complaint stating some youths had demanded Rs 4 lakh from him.
With those rounded up so far, over 900 Gorkha activists have been taken into custody since Aug 3.