SILIGURI: The 48-hour bandh called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha crippled life in the Darjeeling hills on Saturday, even as suspected members of the outfit damaged six vehicles on a highway connecting the region to Sikkim, police said.

“The attack on six private vehicles on NH 31A, the road link to Sikkim, might have been carried out by members of the Highway Protection Committee, an unofficial wing of the GJM, to tactically enforce the bandh without directly violating the Supreme Court order to keep the highway out of the purview of shutdowns,” IGP (North Bengal) K.L. Tamta said.

The highway was open, but the movement of vehicles to Sikkim was less than normal as the news of the attack on the vehicles spread, Mr. Tamta said.

Meanwhile, the three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong wore a deserted look. —PTI

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