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Darjeeling unrest: Stone pelters giving the law keepers a tough time
With bottles and stones in their hands, the youth that seem highly motivated in the restive Darjeeling hills are really giving the law keepers a tough time in maintaining law and order in the state.

All of this stone pelting kicked off when the state government of West Bengal decided to make Bengali as a compulsory language in the state. The people of Darjeeling felt a bit of threat to their own lingual and cultural identity. Since their local lingo and mother tongue is Nepali, the people of the area feel that the move is an infringement into their cultural rights.

Things seem to have gone a bit too far with regards to maintaining law and order in the Derjeeling hills. A third year student, whose face was covered with a black cloth, told PTI, "India is a democracy and in democracy everybody has the right to hold peaceful protest. How can someone stop us from organising protest? We did not resort to violence first, but if we are beaten up we will not sit idle. The police will be paid back in their own coin." 

The student seemed very well versed with the ideologies of Karl Marx and Che Guevara and added by saying, "I have my own identity and don't want to get it mixed up with others. I respect all communities and religions. But everybody should understand our sentiments."

Over the last week, a minimum of three people have died and many more have been injured in Darjeeling as a result of these violent clashes. Mobs with the strength of thousands have clashed with police, torched vehicles and ransacked property to push for a separate Gorkhaland state.

The chief minister of the state Mamata Banerjee has left for the Netherlands to address the Public Service Day of the United Nations on June 22, but before leaving, she ruled out talks and alleged that the GJM (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) nurtures terrorists and was smuggling arms to fuel unrest. She even pointed fingers at stone pelters.

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