Darjeeling Bar Association stands with the people; the people with the movement

Gangtok, 21 Jun:

The Bar Association of Darjeeling, junior division, has condemned the killing of three protestors in alleged police firing in Darjeeling on 17 June. They have also condemned the blackout of local media and internet services in the Darjeeling region.

“Without any prior notice from the administration, we are providing free legal aid to any protestor arrested for being part of the protest. This is to mark our solidarity with the people against police atrocities in Darjeeling. The ban on internet services which have been disrupted since midnight on Saturday in the hills of Darjeeling has now been extended for another 7 days or so,” remarked the members of the association.

Speaking to SummitTimes, some Darjeeling residents, when contacted over phone, thumbed down the suspension of internet services, pointing out that internet is not only forusing Facebook or Whatsapp. It is also used for filling college forms, paying electricity bills, paying income taxes online, they pointed out.

“The general public is on fire for the discrimination shown by the government. Due to internet interruption, we have been facing hardships and are unable to channelize. Somehow we have been managing through our friends, supporters and well-wishers. We are not going to back off at any cost or give up. This is do or die,” said one of the locals.

People of Darjeeling will be continuously holding peace rallies. The bandh has been called by the public, not by any political party, many insist.