Siliguri, Dec 21: Even as bandhs, hunger strikes and demonstrations protesting the formation of Telangana continue to singe Andhra Pradesh, anti-Gorkhaland agitations hit the Darjeeeling plains.
The 24-hour shutdown, called by anti-Gorkha Jan Mukti (GJM) outfits such as Aamra Bangali, Bangla O Bangla Bachao Samiti and Shiv Sena, comes ahead of the fourth round of tripartite talks on the issue of a separate state of Gorkhaland craved out of West Bengal.
Even though the shutdown is termed as 'Bangla Bandh', the areas really hit by the bandh are Siliguri and adjoining areas in the plains in Darjeeling district.
Shops, markets and business establishments remain closed in these regions and the roads are deserted, say reports.
Pro-bandh supporters also reportedly forced closure of a couple of government offices here.