Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Mamata Banerjee Calls For Peace In Darjeeling As She Heads Abroad

Mamata Banerjee Calls For Peace In Darjeeling As She Heads Abroad

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to Mamata over the law and order situation in Darjeeling where the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has been leading a violent protest. Meanwhile, invitations were sent out to different political parties of the Hills for tomorrow'sall party meeting, in which JAP president Harka Baharur Chettri was also invited.

The police said that a library, two panchayat offices and a police vehicle were set on fire in Kalimpong in the afternoon as the indefinite shutdown call given by the GJM to press for a separate state had entered its seventh day. They shouted slogans demanding that the police and security personnel be "immediately removed" from Darjeeling.

"A total of 36 police personnel were injured in the clashes on June 17, and many of them by the stones thrown by GJM agitators", said Siddhinath Gupta, additional director general of police.

The GJM claimed that they were killed in police firing, though police denied having opened fire. "On YouTube, one can see even girls throwing stones at the police and security forces in Kashmir", said a protester. "Our demand is statehood for Nepali speaking Indian Gorkhas and that is why we will talk to only with the Central government", Mr Gurung said from an undisclosed location.

"In a democracy like India resorting to violence would never help in finding a solution". West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee rejected holding any talks with Morcha leaders until the agitating outfit stops violent activities.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which is in power in the semi-autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, is spearheading the agitation there demanding a separate state - Gorkhaland.

"I would like to appeal to everyone in the mountains to kindly maintain peace".

Regarding the situation in Darjeeling, the Chief Minister said, "Duties have been evenly distributed to everybody". "She (Banerjee) has apprised me of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling", he said.

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