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In Photos: Silence Cloaks Darjeeling as Strike Continues

Life has been at a standstill in the hilly town of Darjeeling since 15 June when the strike began.

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Darjeeling has been shut down for an indefinite period since 15 June.

Schools, theatres, zoos, medical shop all stand in silence.

 A view of Darjeeling.
A view of Darjeeling.
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The taxi stand is empty. Nobody wants to go to Siliguri. A driver who isn't willing to share his name says, "We are facing maximum loss due to strike, but we are using red cross in cars and carrying locals to Kurseong, Kalimpong at risk."

Empty streets in Darjeeling.
Empty streets in Darjeeling.
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Speaking of losses, even newspaper sales are at an all-time low. Mohan Chetri, who is a newspaper vendor says, "As the strike starts, tourists have stopped coming, all hotels are closed, demand for newspaper is also low."

A lone man reads a newspaper.
A lone man reads a newspaper.
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Shops are closed in Chowk Bazar in Darjeeling, it witnessed most violent protest in recent days. 
Shops are closed in Chowk Bazar in Darjeeling, it witnessed most violent protest in recent days. 
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A single medical shop open in Darjeeling’s Chowk Bazar.
A single medical shop open in Darjeeling’s Chowk Bazar.
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In Photos: Silence Cloaks  Darjeeling as Strike Continues
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Black flag-bearing protesters attacked Biswa Bangla showroom, a West Bengal government sales emporium. They damaged the glowing signboard outside the store.

 Biswa Bangla showroom, a West Bengal government sales emporium vandalised by protesters.
Biswa Bangla showroom, a West Bengal government sales emporium vandalised by protesters.
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Chowk Bazar barely has one medical shop open, after it witnessed the most violent protest in recent days. Several CRPF personnel remain posted there.

But not everybody is complaining. Mr Tamang, a shop owner of Nehru Market, goes to buy some dry food for family and says, "We are facing losses, nothing left at our kitchen, we are starving but the demand for Gorkhaland is genuine. I fully support the movement."



Several CRPF, Counter Insurgency Force posted in Darjeeling.
Several CRPF, Counter Insurgency Force posted in Darjeeling.
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Children playing at a sparsely populated mall.
Children playing at a sparsely populated mall.
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LPG scarcity is rising in the hills. Supply isn’t  enough due to the indefinite strike.
LPG scarcity is rising in the hills. Supply isn’t enough due to the indefinite strike.
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In Photos: Silence Cloaks  Darjeeling as Strike Continues
(Photo Courtesy: Tanmoy Bhaduri)

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