A message sent by the Tibetan Settlement Officer in Darjeeling, on sept, 29th.
"I am so sorry that I could not get contact you for the last 104 days due to sudden strike called by the political party of Darjeeling in demand of separate state Gorkhaland after a small incident between police and the support of Gorkhaland during the Cabinet meeting of West Bengal held in Darjeeling on 14/06/2017 and since then there was prolong strike in Darjeeling.
After 104 days of indefinite Strike for a demand of Separate State Gorkhaland called by the most powerful political party of Darjeeling since 14/06/2017 has been called off now a few days back after the settlement of getting Gorkha Hill Council Administration instead of Gorkhaland.
During 104 days months of strike all the business establishments, schools. colleges, government and non government offices,all tea gardens, transports everything was uncertainly closed after the incident and everyday there was mass public rallies and meeting for a demand of Separate state in Darjeeling and for which all the communities of Darjeeling had to be present and participated in the protest rallies as per the instructions of major political party of Darjeeling if not they will be threatened and during strike periods many of the Govt. offices like tourist offices, forest offices, B.D.O. offices, Police out posts and police Vans and cars and offices of opposition political parties and their houses had been set on fire by the mobs in and around Darjeeling.
During public rallies for the demand of Gorkhaland in three subdivisions of Darjeeling due to the incidents of teasing and throwing stones on police party by the supporters of movement and as such police had to open fire and killed eleven persons in firing and several persons were injured and more than two hundred of supporters of movement had been arrested and sent to Jail during 104 days of strike.
Due to serious situation of Darjeeling during Gorkhaland agitation all the internet services and all the T.V. local channels had been blocked by the Government for their security reasons and as such there was no internet since three months. Therefore, we were quite unable to contact you for more than three months because of internet services.
Now the situation has becoming normalize as all the business establishements,schools and colleges, govt. and non-govt offices and tea gardens are opening slowly and all the transports also resumed as usual manners and as such our handicrafts centre and office are also opened a few days back so I am sending this small note of information about Darjeeling’s incidents for Seperate State Gorkhaland movement and its results for your kind information.
We all are very sorry for those who lost their lives in the demand of Gorkhaland movement in and around Darjeeling during three months and we all offer prayers for their lives remain in peace in heavenly abode. During the strike periods of 104 days of strike centre and its people never had any problems because we were helped to get all the necessary items from Siliguri with the help of administration and there was no tension for anything ."