Darjeeling continues to boil

With hotels running out of food stock, they have started asking tourists to leave Darjeeling. Till Wednesday , the same hoteliers had stood by tourists and asked them to stay back despite the shut-down call by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. The hoteliers weren't worried as markets were open and transport was unaffected. But things have changed drastically after Thursday's announcement of an indefinite shutdown in the Hills.

The police helped by segregating those gathered there according to age, sex and profile and making them queue up. The idea was the help the elderly , women and children leave in the first vehicles that arrived from Siliguri. Finally, four buses -two from North Bengal State Transport Corporation and two school buses -started from Darjeeling with police escort.

Most tourists expressed their relief after getting on buses. 

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