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Darjeeling landslides: death toll climbs to 34, around 3,000 people affected

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Siliguri/Kolkata: With the recovery of one more body on Sunday, the toll in the landslides in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills rose to 34, while at least 10 more people remained on the missing-list and were feared dead, an official said.

“The body of 45-year-old Ramesh Rai was recovered from 8 Mile area in Kalimpong,” Darjeeling district magistrate, Anurag Srivastava said.

He said rescue and relief operations, including the search for those missing, continued but inclement weather and fresh landslides were hampering the process.

“The landslides have affected around 3,000 people. We are running 33 relief camps across the district,” Srivastava added

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the state disaster management department and the army were jointly carrying out rescue work while the General Reserve Engineering Force was working on a war-footing to restore snapped road-links. (IANS)

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Gorkhaland: SC allows withdrawl of Central Forces from Darjeeling

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New Delhi, October 27: The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Centre to withdraw seven companies of central paramilitary forces from trouble-torn Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal where the agitation for Gorkhaland, a separate state for Gorkhas took a violent turn.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the Centre to withdraw the seven companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) for being used for election duties in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

The bench also sought a response from the West Bengal government on the Centre’s appeal against the High Court’s order putting on hold its decision to withdraw 10 of the 15 companies of the central paramilitary forces deployed in the hill district.

The apex court also stayed the pending proceedings before the High Court and said that it will deal with the case in a holistic manner and posted the appeal of the Centre for further hearing on November 27.

In an interim order, the High Court had stayed the withdrawal of CAPF from the Darjeeling hills till October 27 after the state government approached it against the Centre’s decision.(IANS)

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