GJM offers Muslims 12-hour ‘window’ for Eid celebrations

first_img On Friday, GJM supremo Bimal Gurung had said that there would be no relaxation for Muslims to celebrate Eid. On that day, the GJM had provided a 12-hour bandh relaxation to the boarding schools to evacuate the stranded students.Senior GJM leaders and supporters took out a rally from Chowkbazar to the GJM head office and opened it with “We Want Gorkhaland” chants. GJM supporters also took part in other processions as the indefinite strike demanding a separate state of ‘Gorkhaland’, carved out of West Bengal, entered its 11th day today.Call for protestIn a video message last night, Mr. Gurung had urged the people to hit the streets, but also cautioned them that the leaders from the other parties might “try to betray” the Gorkhaland agitation.“We are ready for talks only on the issue of Gorkhaland, not on any alternative formula…. Remember that one day, everyone has to die. Either my body will go home or I will return with Gorkhaland,” he had said in the message.Barring medicine outlets, all other shops remained closed in the hills. Internet services remained suspended for the eighth day and the security forces continued to patrol the streets. Meanwhile, in Siliguri, an outfit named ‘Amra Bangali’ (We are Bengalees) took out a rally to protest against the “separatist movement” of the GJM. Army denies link with ‘soldiers’ in video over Gorkhaland In a change of stand, the GJM on Sunday decided to allow a 12-hour bandh relaxation only for the Muslims to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in the Darjeeling hills tomorrow.“The Muslim community in the hills will be given a 12- hour relaxation on June 26, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., to celebrate Eid,” a senior Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader said.Muslims can also use vehicles with stickers mentioning the purpose to go to the plains and meet their relatives, he added. “Except this, everything remains the same. The indefinite shutdown will continue,” he said.Also Readlast_img

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