Darjeeling witnessing violent insurgency, Maoists from 'neighbouring' country, Bengal govt tells HC

Darjeeling witnessing violent insurgency, Maoists from 'neighbouring' country, Bengal govt tells HC

Darjeeling witnessing violent insurgency, Maoists from 'neighbouring' country, Bengal govt tells HC

Arson continuesArson continued on the 30th day of protests, with a Railway Protection Force (RPF) office, a police outpost and a State-run library set on fire in the hills.

A state-run library in Mirik sub-division too was set ablaze last night by Gorkhaland supporters.

Senior police officials here said they were yet to study the SC order but added that they would press for eight more CRPF companies as the two orders were given by two separate courts in response to two different petitions.

The hills saw the violence despite continued deployment of three columns of army in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada.

As unrest simmered, internet services remained suspended for the 27th day.

The bench, however, made it clear that the additional paramilitary forces deployed would be used for the sole goal of maintaining law and order in the two districts.

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The government told a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that 11 CRPF companies are already deployed in Darjeeling and Kalimpong and they have made a decision to send four more companies to ensure the safety of citizens and to maintain law and order there.

"11 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force have already been deployed and we are sending in four more companies to ensure the safety of citizens and to maintain law and order", said Attorney General KK Venugopal in a report submitted before a bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar, and MM Shantanagouder.

Kolkata: The West Bengal state administration on Friday told the Calcutta high court that ultra Left extremists from a "neighbouring country" were inciting trouble in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts with the aim of undermining governance, while assessing the financial loss due to the agitation for Gorkhaland at Rs355 crore.

The Calcutta HC order, which called the current situation "purely political" and took parties to task for not heeding people's plight, also asked the state government to deploy additional forces to rein in the spiralling violence.

"We have made a decision to postpone the programme of fast-unto-death as presidential elections are nearby".

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