Darjeeling (Agencies): The protesting GJM activists against the police firing in Sipchu courted mass arrest on Monday at Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik police stations of the district.

Scores of GJM activists gathered before the police stations as part of the programme protesting against the Sipchu firing that has claimed three lives.

Meanwhile Gorkha ex-servicemen, who were sent back from the banks of Panchnoi river, barely 2 km from Siliguri on Sunday evening by the police, have been stopped again after they gathered at the spot in the morning to resume their Darjeeling to Siliguri padayatra, police said.

The police had on Sunday searched the house of Gorkha Vidyarthi Morcha secretary and the house of Keshabraj Pokhrel, who was allegedly involved in the killing of erstwhile Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha league Madan Tamang and is absconding since then.

Pokhrel was, however, not found during the search, police said on Monday.

Normal life disrupted

Normal life in the tea land remained disrupted as the indefinite bandh called by the outfit entered the sixth day.

The bandh has hit normal life with LPG, vegetables and essential commodities becoming scarce. Vehicular traffic has come to a standstill across the district and offices and schools are closed.

Trouble broke out in Darjeeling following the death of GJM supporters in police firing during a clash between the women's wing of the GJM and the police in Dooars on February 8.

Bandh to be relaxed

The indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills would be relaxed for 12 hours from 6 am on Monday,  GJM chief Bimal Gurung has said.

The proposed Kumani-Sankosh padayatra to press for a separate Gorkhaland was also called off by him subject to police allowing GJM supporters coming on foot from Dooars and other areas to meet him.

"GJM supporters coming to meet me from Dooars and other areas should not be barred by the police," Gurung, who is camping at Kumani on the border of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts for the past several days to hold the proposed padayatra said on Monday.