Darjeeling safe for tourists


KOLKATA – The West Bengal government, which had advised tourists against visiting Darjeeling in the wake of the agitation there by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha a month ago, on Monday said visitors were now free to go to the hill station once again.

“The situation in the hills has improved. The GJM is not going for bandhs now. Tourists can now go there,” Municipal Affairs Minister Ashok Bhattacharya told newsmen.

Elected to the Assembly from Siliguri in Darjeeling district, Bhattacharya said Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had invited GJM for discussions in response to a letter from them.

GJM, a breakaway of the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), has been agitating since the beginning of this year for a separate Gorkhaland.