New Delhi: The 12-hour shutdown called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha began on Wednesday in Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) area in Darjeeling district of Bengal. They were protesting against the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Days ago, GJM chief Bimal Gurung had called for the bandh demanding details of the amount of money as claimed by the CM, spent in development of hills.

On Tuesday, the Calcutta High Court had directed the state government to ensure that normal life is not disrupted in view of the bandh.

Meanwhile, the state authorities issued a circular making it mandatory for employees in the hills to attend the office.

Last week, Banerjee said that a few people with “vested interests” were trying to create unrest in the hills. She asserted the law will take its own course if there was “violence”. She also accused the central government of sometimes aiding those who try to foment trouble in the region.