Sending 4 more CRPF companies to Darjeeling, Kalimpong: Centre to SC

Faith Castro
July 15, 2017

Additional troops will be send to Kalimpong and Darjeeling which have seen agitations for a separate Gorkhaland.

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 chose to send four more companies to ensure the safety of citizens and to maintain law and order there. "Given the worsening situation and gross denial of human rights and the hardship the people in the hills are being subjected to, urgent intervention is required, " he said adding, " It is clear that the restoration of peace and normalcy in the area can happen only through a dialogue for which the process of talks among the three parties that created the GTA must immediately begin". Schools have been closed.

The HC, which received a report from the chief judge of the city sessions court on the pre-trial status of the Madan Tamang murder case, also directed the CBI to file an affidavit by Tuesday before it heard the matter again on Wednesday.

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The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was deploying four additional companies of CRPF to maintain law and order in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, which have been hit by the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland.

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

The court's appeal came in the course of the hearing of a plea by the Sikkim government seeking direction to the Central and West Bengal governments to ensure the movement of vehicles on National Highway 10 - the sole link between Sikkim and the rest of the country. Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty, at this point, observed that additional solicitor-general Kaushik Centre had not disputed this fact and had told the acting chief justice that those forces were now deployed to protect Amarnath pilgrims. "Mr Yechury said since June 8 last some eight people were killed andseveral injured in alleged police firing on protesters agitating against the State Government's announcement of making Bengali a mandatory language".

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