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Indian Army has been deployed in Darjeeling after violence by GJM supporters

Indian Army has been deployed in Darjeeling after violence by GJM supporters

Assam
The Army was deployed in the restive Darjeeling town today after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters indulged in violence and arson while attempting to march to the venue of a cabinet meeting presided by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here. The troops were brought in after the protesters damaged police vehicles and set some of them ablaze, prompting the police to fire teargas and lathicharge the violent GJM supporters who are opposing “imposition” of Bengali language in schools in the hills. The hill town, which is at present full of tourists, had remained peaceful for several months as the GJM-spearheaded agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland had taken a backseat. Fresh violence erupted this afternoon with the Bimal Gurung-led party calling a protest march towa