Saturday, September 29, 2007

Indian Idol protests: Siliguri curfew lifted

Saturday, September 29, 2007 (Siliguri): Curfew has been lifted from areas under Siliguri police station after violent clashes in the north Bengal town on Friday but prohibitory orders are still on, in at least nine localities. More than 60 people have been injured in the incident. The Darjeeling hills have been cut off from the plains due to Friday's clashes. The district administration will hold a meeting on Saturday evening to take stock of the situation.The violence sparked by comments made by a Radio Jockey against the Gorkha community spiralled out of control and resulted in the army being called in. The Radio Jockey had made these remarks while referring to local boy Prashant Tamang who recently won the Indian Idol competition. All schools, shops and offices are shut and the army continues to take out flag marches. According to the Darjeeling district magistrate the army and BSF will continue to patrol the sensitive parts of the town till Saturday night. Tamang, in a message to his fans, requested them to maintain peace.