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Posted on: Wednesday , May 21, 2008 At 10:54 AM

Darjeeling Updates: Safe Now?

I had earlier updated about unrest in Darjeeling due to demand for separate Gorkhaland state, which had eventually lead the hill affairs minister of West Bengal to issue a statement requesting tourists to stay away.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Asok Bhattacharya, the hill affairs minister, thinks it is now safe and tourists can return to the hill station. 

It is hard to accept his words though. The problem is still not resolved and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, which is heading the moment, is meeting the chief minister tomorrow. It would be ideal to wait and watch for a few more days.

How-ever, even if things remain calm, weather gods are now playing spoilsport. Monsoon season is nearing in Darjeeling, sending signs of the end of tourist season. The Daily Telegraph report says:

A storm struck Darjeeling and Siliguri almost simultaneously this morning, uprooting trees and cutting off power supply in the hills and damaging houses and blocking roads in the plains.

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