The charred tourist resource Centre in Darjeeling on Thursday, which was set on fire by the protesters. Pic/PTI
The charred tourist resource Centre in Darjeeling on Thursday, which was set on fire by the protesters. Pic/PTI

A GTA office was set on fire and several vehicles were damaged in Darjeeling yesterday as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered the 29th day.

The hills saw the violence despite continued deployment of three columns of army in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada.

The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) office for travel and tourism in Chowrastha of Mall Road in Darjeeling was set ablaze by pro-Gorkhaland supporters early in the morning. Several government vehicles were also damaged near the Darjeeling station by unidentified men on Wednesday night.

A railway station in Gayabari area of Kurseong was set on fire by pro-Gorkhaland supporters yesterday morning. A forest bungalow near Teesta river was also set on fire yesterday.

Meanwhile responding to the call of the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), a writer and a singer returned the awards given to them by the state government.