WB: Bimal Gurung suspends agitation for 2 days

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 21, 2013 00:36 hrs

Darjeeling, Aug 20 (IBNS) Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung on Tuesday announced two days suspension of the Darjeeling agitation after rains and thunder storms damaged private and public properties and plunged the entire hills into darkness.

The agitation was suspended from Tuesday.

Rains and storms also caused widespread damage to road links, uprooted electric and communication poles which disrupted power and water supplies to even all emergency services like hospitals, police stations and vital installations.

The entire Darjeeling hills plunged into total darkness since last night following heavy rains and thunder storms, uprooting electric and communication poles, official sources said.

All emergency services, including hospitals, water supply stations and police stations have been reeling under darkness since last night.

State electricity board´s zonal in-charge Ashoke Shina said he received reports from various transmission centers that power lines have been remaining inoperative after rains and thunder storms flattened electricity poles resulting disconnection of supply lines to the hills.

He said they were trying to ascertain the details and finding out what might have gone wrong due to natural calamity.

After weeks of agitation for statehood, the life in the hills, many thought would come to normal but the natural calamity made the life more measurable with disruption of water and power supplies since last night.

Darjeeling witnessed ´Gharer Bhitore Janata´ movement on Monday for 24 hours with all the residents remaining indoors due to rains.

SDPO, Kurseong, Nima Norbu Bhutia said all the police stations have no power connections. He said road links have been snapped.

"After last night´s devastating thunder storm many places in hills have been damaged. Many houses in tea gardens have been damaged. Many roads have been blocked. Electricity may not be restored today in the hills. Many people injured and have been admitted to the hospital," Gurung said.

He said the GJM was assessing the damages done by the thunder storm.

"We will take 2 days for restoration of normalcy in the hills, " he said.

"The GJM will organize a rally on August 22 at 10.30 am for Gorkhaland. Please be there." Gurung said in a statement .

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