It’s a war of languages happening in Darjeeling and it has turned ugly after Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee’s visit to Darjeeling. The protests against Mamta Banerjee were organized by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), an organization that is demanding a separate state called Gorkhaland. The protests were sparked after Mamta Banerjee announced that Bengali language will be made a compulsory part of the syllabus across all schools in the state. This announcement has infuriated the GJM since they want Nepali as a language or Hindi, but they have always been opposed to making Bengali as a mandatory language in all schools in the state.
GJM supporters gathered in thousands and they came with black flags and placards. The protesters were seen shouting slogans and some of them also burnt effigies of Mamta Banerjee. Soon, the protests turned violent, due to which the police had to use lathicharge and tear gas shells. In retaliation, the protestors threw stones at the police and burnt several police vehicles. All this happened just outside the Bhanu Bhawan in Darjeeling where Mamta Banerjee was holding a cabinet meeting. With the possibility that violence may intensify, the Army has been called to take control of the situation.