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Mamata Banerjee leaves for The Hague ; Darjeeling continues to boil

Mamata Banerjee leaves for The Hague ; Darjeeling continues to boil

India Blooms News Service | | 19 Jun 2017, 12:30 pm
Kolkata, June 19 (IBNS) : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday left for The Hague in the Netherlands to attend a UN 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.

Before leaving for her three-day tour, Mamata appealed to everybody to maintain peace in the hills and said her ministers would monitor the Darjeeling situation and there is no need for anyone to worry, media reports said.

Three supporters of the GJM, spearheading an agitation in the hills for a separate state, were killed on Saturday as a huge crowd clashed with police.

The GJM  claimed that they were killed in police firing, though police denied having opened fire.

Thirty-six policemen were injured on Saturday in clashes with the GJM supporters.

According to reports, the  funeral of the three people  will take place on Monday.

On Sunday, GJM supporters  held a silent march in Darjeeling town  carrying the bodies.


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday urged people of Darjeeling to remain calm and peaceful.

Appealing for peace, the Union Minister tweeted:" I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful. Nobody should resort to violence."

He said violence cannot help in reaching any solution.

"In a democracy like India resorting to violence would never help in finding a solution. Every issue can be resolved through mutual dialogue," he said.