Protesters in India’s eastern hill district of Darjeeling, who for nearly a month have been demanding a separate state, took out a rally on Sundaywith bodies of two persons allegedly killed in the clashes with security personnel.

The region’s Nepali-speaking Gorkha community has since last month held protests demanding a separate state, Gorkhaland, within India to protect their Himalayan culture. They have regularly clashed with the police. Seven civilians have died while dozens of security personnel have been injured.

A candlelight vigil was also taken out by the Gorkhas in Sukna village of the district to pay tribute to the two victims.

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