Darjeeling on edge, GJM walks with activist's body

Angelica Greene
June 19, 2017

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.

Concerned over the ongoing agitation in Darjeeling, Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday appealed to the protesters and urged them to help resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue as the Centre was keen on talking to them as well as the state government to help normalise the situation.

Mamata, who left to address a United Nations meet, said her ministers were monitoring the situation in violence-hit Darjeeling.

"In a democracy like India resorting to violence would never help in finding a solution".

The situation remains tense as the indefinite bandh called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has entered the sixth day today.

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West Bengal CM called for peace in Darjeeling where the shutdown enters the eighth day today as she left for The Hague to attend United Nations meet.

Singh had yesterday also spoken to Banerjee and asked her to take all possible steps so that peace is restored in the picturesque hill station where people are protesting against "imposition" of Bengali in schools by making the language mandatory.

The protesters, also carrying black flags and the Tricolour, shouted slogans demanding that the police and security personnel be "immediately removed" from Darjeeling.

Meanwhile, Morcha leadership has ruled out any talks with the state government in view of ongoing agitation in Darjeeling demanding Gorkhaland. The police rejected the allegation of firing by its personnel, and said one person was killed during the clashes. The GJM has claimed that two of their supporters were shot dead by police in Singmari on Saturday.

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