losangelesnewstoday.com March 22, 2018

Rajnath reviews security in Darjeeling, more troops sent; situation remains tense

19 June 2017, 12:05 | Violet Powell

S Darjeeling tense as GJM raid brings violence and more central forces Jun 16 2017 16:09 IST

Police personnel stop Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters following a raid at the GJM office in Darjeeling

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the second time in two days and appealed to the protesters not to resort to violence and come forward for a dialogue to resolve any issue.

As the GJM shutdown entered its sixth day, Banerjee strongly condemned the vandalism by the GJM and alleged a "deep-rooted conspiracy".

The fresh clashes in Darjeeling over Gorkhaland statehood movement has claimed the lives of three people - a security personnel and two supporters of the GJM at the city's Singmari area. "I am ready to talk to them on this matter as we can not support violation of the Constitution", Mamata added.

Eyewitness said security personnel initially fired tear gas shells to disperse the GJM protestors pelting stones at them, and later resorted to firing after the protest turned violent. She said illegal arms are being stashed in the Hills and foreign hands are fuelling the fire.

The GJM supporters blocked the road near Dalsingpara tea estate in Jaigaon, choking the only road connecting India and Bhutan. "I have requested that they should not extend any support in Darjeeling", she said.

The police on Friday night raided the residence of senior GJM leader Binay Tamang, following which party activists tried to torch a PWD office in Bijanbari area in Darjeeling.

Mandsaur violence: MP CM Chouhan to visit farmer's families
He criticised the BJP-led NDA government and said 50 crore farmers have risen against the saffron party. Heavy deployment of police is in place at the Nayagaon barrier along Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border.

Rubbishing reports of firing by the police in Darjeeling this morning, Banerjee said "This is absolutely wrong. So, instead of leaving these issues pending, a dialogue with people who are demanding has to be taken up as soon as possible", she said.

Almost 50 people, mostly police, have been injured in riots and arson attacks that have gripped the usually bustling area for more than a week and caused thousands of mostly Indian tourists to pack their bags and flee. She also urged the Centre to extend support to her government in Kolkata and to avoid encouraging the GJM.

"Heads of these development boards have been asked to persuade their people to disassociate from the agitation and violence", the official said, "Once the number of agitators starts dwindling, the protest is bound to subside". We will talk only with the central government. "But we have to prepare ourselves", he said.

On the fourth day of the indefinite strike called by the GJM in Darjeeling hills, Singhamari, which has been the epicentre of the protests, wore a look of desolation and devastation. "Hooliganism and talks can not take place at the same time", Mamata said. "The government should allow us to carry out peaceful and democratic agitation", Darjeeling MLA Amar Rai of the GJM told reporters.

The state government will hold an all party meeting in Siliguri on June 22 for peace in the hills.

The GJM announced an indefinite general strike from Monday in the hills encompassing Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Dooars (foothills of the Himalayas covering stretches of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar district) to oppose the government's purported decision to make study of Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools and to press for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

Other News

Trending Now

Qatar win over South Korea gives relief to World Cup 2022 hosts
In Group A , South Korea has work to do to reach a ninth successive World Cup after losing in Doha. The team that finishes third will head into play-offs for a place in Russian Federation .

Wonder Woman breaks box office records for female director
The possible return of Chris Pine for Wonder Woman 2 is a big question that has yet to be answered. "She's Wonder Woman . The previous mark was Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey , with $85.1 million United States in 2015.

Turkish president slams US charges for guards
The Turkish foreign ministry officially "invited" the United States ambassador in for discussions after the announcement. He was seen on video punching a protester and then kicking him twice as he was lying defenceless on the ground.

Aisha Tyler Leaving CBS' 'The Talk'
As for the reasoning behind the exit, Tyler posted on Twitter that she may have an interest in simply changing things up. Her fellow co-hosts wished her well, with Sheryl Underwood getting up and walking around the table to give Tyler a hug.

Bronx deli dispute leads to thrown fruit, broken jaw
The barrage was so fierce that one of the employees suffered fractures to his face and a broken jaw. Brad Gomez, 28, of the Bronx, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault.

De'Aaron Fox confident in his game after Lakers workout
The Suns surely have their eye on Jackson at No. 4, and they may not need to put him through a workout in order to draft him. Jackson, who can play shooting guard and small forward, touted his versatility and ability to defend both positions .

Trump Appears to Confirm He Is Under Investigation
But soon after the abrupt termination, Trump told NBC News that he had been going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendations. It was unclear whether the president was referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller
There's had been little indication from Republicans that they would take Mueller's dismissal so seriously ― until today. Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller.

Russian Federation vs. New Zealand 2017 live stream
Championship top scorer Chris Wood leads unfancied New Zealand onto the world stage as they take on hosts Russian Federation . All Whites coach Anthony Hudson says his team will play without fear in the opening game of the FIFA Confederations Cup .

Londoner Taken In 2nd Round In MLB Draft
He's a smaller left-hander who draws comparisons to Scott Kazmir with his low-90s fastball and overpowering curve. According to PerfectGame.org , Hall ran a 6.29 in the sixty with quick feet and a collection of tools.