Internet services in Darjeeling hills disrupted

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Darjeeling Security personnel patrol a road during GJM strike in Darjeeling on Saturday. (PTI)

Internet services in and around Darjeeling were disrupted since Saturday midnight following instruction allegedly issued by the state government.

According to Hindustan Times reports, the disruption triggered partial outage since late night on Saturday, posing a handicap for Gorkhaland agitators.

Smartphones turned out to be an extremely useful tool for the agitators who recorded videos from one clash and sent it to agitators at other spots.

The damage posed a setback to the agitators who had been using internet-based messaging app WhatsApp and social media platform Facebook heavily to exchange information, send pictures and videos since trouble began on Thursday morning after police raided the office of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) at Patlaybas, the reports added. 

Meanwhile, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that there were no incidents of violence in the hills Monday as security forces were on high alert.

"The situation is still very tense. Since morning there has been no incident of violence but we are on high alert and prepared for any eventuality," PTI reported quoting a senior police official.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has called the total shutdown from the past five days as an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland.   

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