Tourism hit as strike for Gorkhaland on

As the demand for statehood for Gorkhaland grows louder, the indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has left the tourism industry in West Bengal dry.

“Instantly when we are on the verge of getting over our survival, the movement again started. And the movement started in such a period where actually the tourists come into the region for Puja and Diwali seasons,” Samrat Sanyal, a tour operator, said.

The tourism industry is feeling the pinch of the indefinite ban called in the Darjeeling area, as tourists have cancelled over 70% of their bookings within a short period of time.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Thursday gave a call for a two-day shutdown, Saturday and Sunday, in West Bengal’s Darjeeling Hills in the wake of the arrest earlier in the day of its assistant general secretary Benoy Tamang along with six party workers.

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