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More students escorted home from Darjeeling, Kalimpong

Sonam Penjor, Phuentsholing
Jun 24, 2017

A total of 108 Bhutanese students studying in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, including monks, were escorted safely to Phuentshogling yesterday.

This is the second group of Bhutanese students escorted home this week from the Indian State of West Bengal. On Tuesday, Phuentshogling Dungkhag officials and police brought home 64 students studying in Darjeeling.

The escort services were arranged for the safety of the students amid the ongoing strike in the West Bengal. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) is protesting against a recent decision by the West Bengal government to introduce Bengali as a compulsory subject in schools across the state.

The students shared that there were no threats to their lives but the strike did affect them. With everything thing shut down, including businesses, it was not even possible to buy daily essential food items.

The students both in Darjeeling and Kamlimpong had just finished their examinations.

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