Mamata appeals for peace in Darjeeling

Joan Terry
June 19, 2017

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. GJM supporters allegedly vandalised two cars in Kurseong and torched three panchayat offices in the neighbouring Kalimpong district while a prominent library in Kalimpong town went ablaze with the administration blaming "GJM-backed goons" for it. The GJM, however, denied its involvement in the incidents and claimed it was the handiwork of the Trinamool Congress.

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

The GJM said on Saturday that two of its supporters had been shot dead by the police, a claimed rejected by the cops and state authorities. "The CM stated that police firing did not kill our people". He had, however, said that one person had died on Saturday, but did not specify the cause of his death.

The protesters carried the bodies of the three men.

Darjeeling has been largely calm since yesterday.

Police sources said the step was taken to stop GJM activists from using social media to spread "messages and provocative posts".

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Violence witnessed in Darjeeling during the indefinite bandh called by the GJM. "She has apprised me of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling", he tweeted. The groups have asked the Centre to intervene immediately to end the violence in Darjeeling. "We have brought in old hands in state intelligence, people who have past experiences working there in 2007 and 2013. We are ready for talks with the Centre, but the agenda has to be only Gorkhaland", Rai said.

"I don't differentiate between the hill people and others".

In a democracy like India, resorting to violence would never lead to a solution, he said, emphasising that "every issue can be resolved through dialogue". Mr. Singh also appeals to all parties in Darjeeling to remain peaceful.

During his conversation with the chief minister, Singh discussed the situation prevailing in the hills.

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

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