The violence, which has singed the hills for over a month over the renewed movement for the separate state of Gorkhaland, continued unabated as the Prem Chand library in Mirik of Darjeeling district and the office of the Himalyan Director in Kurseong district were set afire in the early hours of Friday, police said. The library was reduced to ashes, they said.
The Army continues to be deployed in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada. "Until we get Gorkhaland, the shutdown in the hills will continue", a senior GJM leader said.
As unrest simmered, internet services remained suspended for the 27th day. The picturesque hill station had earlier witnessed a 40-day bandh in 1988 and a 44-day shutdown in 2013.
On Friday, the Centre made a decision to send four more companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to ensure the safety of citizens in Darjeeling.
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"Maoists from a neighbouring country have infiltrated into the area and are going to target government officials working in the hills", the state government said, referring to intelligence inputs and stressed on the need for additional deployment of central forces.
The Calcutta HC order went further, calling the current situation in Darjeeling purely "political", and said the judiciary would have to intervene if "the Centre and the state were not serious" and "if they failed to maintain law and order".
Eleven companies have already been deployed and four more will be sent soon, Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar which was hearing a petition by Sikkim Chief Secretary A K Srivastav, Lok Sabha MP P D Rai and Rajya Sabha member Hissey Lachungpa.
The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) has made a decision to postpone its fast-unto-death programme from July 15 due to upcoming presidential elections.