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Darjeeling : Rajnath appeals for calm

Rajnath Singh-wefornews

New Delhi, June 18 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday appealed for peace and calm after speaking to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over ongoing unrest in Darjeeling since June 8.

Rajnath Singh urged all concerned parties should their disputes by holding talks in an amicable environment.

“Spoke to Mamata Banerjee… She has apprised me of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling,” he said.

“I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful. Nobody should resort to violence… In a democracy like India resorting to violence will never help in finding a solution. Every issue can be resolved through mutual dialogue.

“All concerned parties and stakeholders should resolve their differences and misunderstandings through dialogue in amicable environment,” he further added.

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) protested over the death of three party workers during police firing.

After Saturday’s violent clash evoked between security forces and the protesters  GJM chief Bimal Gurung termed the three activists as “the martyrs of Gorkhaland movement” and urged Gorkhas to retaliate with a befitting reply.

The violence in Drajeeling’s took an ugly turn after a massive processions stopped by the security forces on Saturday afternoon.

The GJM has announced for hunger strike from Monday opposing the state government’s purported move to make study Bengali language mandatory in schools and push for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

Wefornews Bureau

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