Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Darjeeling on the edge: GJM takes out rally with body of activist


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in West Bengal's Darjeeling by sending more troops to help restore normalcy as the state government has not yet submitted its report on the situation.

"All parties concerned and stakeholders should resolve their differences and misunderstandings through dialogue in an amicable environment", the home minister had said. The shutdown, which disrupted normal life in the hills, was called following raids at the premises connected at Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung and some other leaders.

Mamata Banerjee appealed to people of Darjeeling to maintain peace, "Violent protest won't be tolerated". Speaking to reporters in Kolkata, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said no one was killed in police firing and blamed the GJM for initiating the violence.

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In a democracy like India, resorting to violence would never help in finding a solution, he said, emphasising that "every issue can be resolved through mutual dialogue". "She has apprised me of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling", he said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday left for The Hague in the Netherlands to attend a United Nations meet as unrest continued to rage in Darjeeling where an indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha entered the eight dayhe eighth day.

The protesters, also carrying black flags and the Tricolour, assembled at the Chowkbazar.

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Meanwhile, Morcha leadership has ruled out any talks with the state government in view of ongoing agitation in Darjeeling demanding Gorkhaland.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 19 (ANI): The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an alliance with the Gorkha people who are protesting in Darjeeling over the demand for a separate Gorkhaland.

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