Amid Violence In Darjeeling Mamta Leaves For UN Meet Netherlands

Amid Violence In Darjeeling Mamta Leaves For UN Meet Netherlands

Amid Violence In Darjeeling Mamta Leaves For UN Meet Netherlands

While roads wore deserted look, shops and business establishments downed their shutters, school and colleges remained shut, attendance in the government offices was nearly negligible, majority of people stayed indoors with eyebrows furrowing for fast diminishing stocks of fuel and food and spiralling prices of essentials in black markets.

Over the past week, at least three people have died and scores injured in Darjeeling as thousands-strong mobs have clashed with police, torched vehicles and ransacked property to push for a separate Gorkhaland state.

"The police did not open fire. But with the state, the condition would be that they withdraw all forces and allow normalcy to return and let the Centre initiate a dialogue process", Rai said.

Representatives of all the parties decided not to take part in the meeting called by the State government in Siliguri for Thursday.

The GJM headed by Bimal Gurung dominates the GTA. However, an official told The Indian Express that the ministry is yet to go through it.

However, the ministry made a decision to send only one company, the sources said.

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Asked whether the GJM members will resign from the GTA, he said "We are pulling out of the accord". The West Bengal government's report, which was sent to the home ministry on 17 June, mentions the status as on 13 June. "We are ready to give our lives, but will not stop protesting till we get Gorkhaland", Sirish Pradhan, a GJM worker, said. He also denied that the BJP manifesto espouses a separate state, stating that they only pledged support for the solution of "Gorkhas' problems", which he said can also include development.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had appealed to the protesters yesterday not to resort to violence and instead, hold a dialogue to resolve any issue.

Besides, an all-India panel comprising noted intellecutuals and politicians, would be formed to mobilise opinion regarding a separate state, he said. "All repressive forces should be withdrawn from the hills", Mr. Arjun said.

GJM spokesperson, Binay Tamang told Firstpost that all the hill parties are unified in their demand for a separate Gorkhaland.

"I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful". The Sikkim Assembly had, on March 29, 2011, passed a resolution in favour of Gorkhaland.

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