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GJM cautions Darjeeling students

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A CRPF women's battalion arrives at New Jalpaiguri Station near Siliguri on Saturday for deployment in Darjeeling hills.

Darjeeling: Students in Darjeeling hills should be “mentally prepared” to lose a year as their upcoming Board examinations are likely to be affected by the next phase of agitation by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), the party said on Saturday.

GJM spokesman Harka Bahadur Chhetri said parents should send their wards to hostels of educational institutions only after the Morcha announces its plan following its central committee meeting.

A number of schools are situated in the Darjeeling hills and their students hail from various parts of the country.

Both West Bengal and CISCE boards are scheduled for February 21 and ISC from March 1.

“The peaceful agitation of GJM is being interpreted as signs of weakness by the West Bengal government. But we will not back out and continue till the Centre clears its stand on Gorkhaland,” Mr. Chhetri said.

The GJM agitation follows the rejection by the State government the setting up of an interim council before the Assembly polls, scheduled for later this year.

The Morcha had in a meeting with Union Home Minister P. Chidamabaram on January 25 deliberated on the possibility of setting up of the proposed Darjeeling Regional Authority comprising the districts of Darjeeling and adjoining areas but no decision was taken in view of the election.

The Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist, a hill party, has condemned the GJM's ploy to involve the students in its agitation.

“The Morcha should not play with the life of students,” said CPRM president R. B. Rai. - PTI

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