Don't resort to violence, have dialogue: HM to GJM protesters

Ebony Scott
June 18, 2017

Besides, many people, including 19 policemen, were admitted to various hospitals in Darjeeling and Siliguri after they sustained injuries during the skirmish that started after the police tried to stop two huge rallies emerging from Patleniwas, sources said.

Several vehicles including three of police were set ablaze. He said resorting to violence would never help them in finding a solution and asked the people living there to remain calm and peaceful.

The Union home minister said Mamata had informed him that no notification had been issued by the Bengal government making Bengali a compulsory language in the hills - the supposed trigger for the ongoing agitation.

The fresh clashes in Darjeeling over Gorkhaland statehood movement has claimed the lives of three people - a security personnel and two supporters of the GJM at the city's Singmari area.

The violence has escalated in recent days and erupted in large-scale rioting on Saturday in the hill resort at the peak of the tourist season.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata that the assistant commandant of the IRB 2nd battalion, Kiran Tamang, was critically injured during the violence.

Mamata Banerjee, responding to the violent turn of events, said on Saturday, "Bangla ke bhaag hote debo na (I will not let Bengal be divided)..."

Thackeray has been consistently opposing the demand for formation of a separate Vidarbha state carved out of Maharashtra, a demand once supported even by the now Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis when his party was in the opposition. A key leader of the ruling TRS, Kavitha, however, did not state if the demand was legitimate or otherwise. "It suddenly made no sense to drag the monster vehicle - so effective in the plains - here in the hills", an officer said.To counter the terrain challenge and establish area domination, the force needed brute numb. "Hooliganism and talks can not take place at the same time", Mamata said.

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung on Sunday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was trying to divert their agitation into a different direction by claiming that the movement in Darjeeling hills was supported by insurgent groups of the north-east and some foreign countries. It is not a political fight but a fight for our own identity. "The struggle will intensify in the hills". Most GJM leaders are still in hiding to evade arrest. "The situation is getting worse with each passing day". We will investigate the matter. "GTA has failed and we do not accept GTA anymore", Roshan Giri, general secretary of the GJM, told The Sunday Guardian. GJM supporters are creating violence and attacking police. "We are not backing off now and we want a separate state", Giri said, while rubbishing reports of any tripartite meeting in June 19. "She has apprised me of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling", he tweeted. I will request the Central government not to encourage them to behave like this. The outfit was first named Gorkhaland Police, but after opposition from various quarters it was renamed Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP).

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