Narayan Pradhan, president of GJM Darjeeling Town Committee, was arrested early on Saturday for cases of arson, attempt to murder and other criminal cases, police said.
    
Acting on a tip-off, he was taken into custody early in the morning from a location in Darjeeling town, taking the total number of arrests to 149 in the hills, the police said. Meanwhile, the bandh continues to paralyze life with shortage of food reported across the hills, sources said.    

All shops and other commercial establishments have been closed since the beginning of the indefinite bandh. Vehicular traffic on NH-31A, the lifeline of Sikkim, was also hit, the sources said.
    
GJM leaders and supporters gathered at the main areas and at District Magistrate's office in Darjeeling town and raised slogans asking for implementation of their demands and release of arrested leaders. Meanwhile, three local cable TV operators were ordered on Friday to stop telecast in Darjeeling hills.

(Agencies)

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