Urgent prayer needed!
Please keep our ministry partners in the Darjeeling, West Bengal India in your prayers. It is a very tense situation there right now as the Gorkha people (Nepalese people living in the Darjeeling area of West Bengal, India) protest for separation from the state of West Bengal, India and be allowed to form a new state within India called Gorkhaland. This dispute has been going on a long time but presently it has gotten more violent as the protesters (the Gorkha's) clash with the West Bengali police. The Gorkha's are very very passionate about this separation so they called a Bundh (which means "strike"). A Strike means that no vehicular travel is allowed with the exception of emergency vehicles. Anyone that breaks the strike will be beaten and their vehicle burned. During a strike business, schools, ect. are forced to remain closed which puts pressure on the W. Bengali government. Our partners in this area are safe right now but the strike also stops them from being able to travel to tend to their ministry work. The colored areas in this map represents the "new state of Gorkhaland if they are allowed to separate from W. Bengal. Below are some photos with description of some of the things that have happened so far. Pray for PEACE and Lord willing the birth of Gorkhaland. For more details and current news about this situation click on this link http://www.darjeelingtimes.com/
Indefinite bandh (Strike) called in Darjeeling from August 3
DARJEELING: An indefinite bandh has been called in Darjeeling Hills by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) from Saturday to press its demand for a separate Gorkhaland state, a day after Congress and its allies unanimously decided to create Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.
Mangal Singh Rajput was taken to a hospital, where doctors said his condition was critical as he had received 90 per cent burns.
Kalimpong: A GJM (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) supporter tried to immolate himself at Dambarchowk in the heart of Kalimpong town demanding a separate Gorkhaland on Tuesday on the second day of the 72-hour bandh in the Darjeeling hills by the party. Police said Mangal Singh Rajput(45), a resident of Kalimpong, poured petrol on himself and rushed to crowded Dambarchowk before setting himself on fire.
DARJEELING (West Bengal): Over ten GJM supporters were arrested when they burnt a motorcycle and a
car at Rambi on the National Highway as a three-day bandh demanding Gorkhaland began in the hills today.
The motorcycle and the car were burnt by GorkhaJanmukti supporters at Rambi on the National Highway 31 where they were picketing since 6 AM when the shutdown began, police said.
Effigies burnt in Mirik India
Vivek Ghatani, Siliguri August 5: Situation in the Darjeeling hills seems getting tougher as the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) called indefinite bandh entered its third day with no sign of any interim breather. If the GJM chief publicly announced today that he is ready to take on the state government's
act of suppressing the Gorkhaland demand, reports flowed which stated that the state government is seriously considering stopping supply of electricity keeping the entire hills in dark.