Yuksam, 23 Jun:

People of Yuksam and adjoining areas on 22 Jun came out in large numbers to extend their solidarity with the victims of police firing that took place on 17 Jun in Darjeeling. Hundreds of people gathered at the school ground of Yuksam Senior Secondary School and took out a candle light procession till Changchup Chorten near Kartok Wodsoling Monastery.

It may be recalled that three people died and at least 15 people were injured in the clashes between Gorkhaland supporters and West Bengal Police personnel in different parts of Darjeeling on 17 Jun.

With placards in their hands which read, “Justice for innocent people of Darjeeling”, “Let’s raise the voice of Gorkhaland”, etc., the rally culminated at Changchup Chorten where people and monks of Yuksam offered prayers for the departed souls and thereafter, organized a candle light vigil as a mark of solidarity.