Darjeeling, 24th August: In response to the tragic murder of a minor girl in Matigara, the recently formed political organization, Gorkha Seva Sena (GSS), has announced a 12-hour bandh (shutdown) scheduled for August 26th in the Hills region. The strike aims to protest against the heinous crime and express solidarity with the Gorkha community.
Vikram Adi Rai, a prominent member of GSS, emphasized that the strike is not being enforced but rather a call for voluntary participation from the Gorkha community. He drew attention to the recent support shown by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Siliguri, which he claimed demonstrated a broader backing for the Gorkhas even though political motives might be involved.
Rai urged the Gorkha community to unite and show their support for the grieving family of the deceased student. He stated that this bandh is a peaceful means of registering their protest and conveying a strong message against such acts of violence. While the strike is expected to impact normal life during the 12-hour duration, Rai assured that schools would remain open and essential emergency services would continue unaffected.