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Mamata Banerjee trying to divert our movement: GJM chief

Mamata Banerjee trying to divert our movement: GJM chief

On the boil for the past 10 days over a separate state demand, Darjeeling had yesterday witnessed widespread clashes between GJM activists and the police in which one person was killed and 35 security personnel were injured, including an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) officer. "This is absolutely wrong", West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, as reported by Hindustan Times. They (GJM) have connections with underground insurgent groups of the northeast.

During a debate on the situation in Darjeeling, GJM Central Committee member Swaraj Thapa told India Today's Ankit Tyagi that the GJM was ready for a dialogue.

"All concerned parties and stakeholders should resolve their differences and misunderstandings through dialogue in amicable environment", Singh said.

On June 17 (Saturday) around 1 am, suspected Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters set fire to Goke II gram panchayat office under Bijanbari block about 25 km away from Darjeeling.

However, Amar Rai said his son has no political affiliations and he was released later.

Police declined the permission to hold such a rally.

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At least four vehicles including three of police were torched while eight vehicles were vandalised.

The protesters, carrying the body of a GJM activist, black flags and the Tricolour, assembled at the Chowkbazar.

Police fired tear gas shells as the women activists pelted stones and pushed back at the police barricade shouting "Police Go Back".

Police have denied firing at the protesters. "The police did not open fire. Our supporters were killed by policemen", he said. Many police personnel are seriously injured.

"We will continue our movement, if police try to stop us, it will create trouble", Gurung warned. During the conversation, Banerjee briefed the home minister about the steps being taken by the state government to maintain law and order and bring back normalcy in the hill district, official sources said.

As the GJM shutdown entered its sixth day, the party called for a 12-hour strike in Dooars on Sunday.

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The indefinite bandh was called after the police raided the premises linked to GJM chief Bimal Gurung on Thursday.

On the other hand, Kalimpong district Trinamool Congress president and former MLA Goulen Lepcha resigned from his post and the party extending support to the cause of Gorkhaland statehood movement.

The GJM on Sunday slammed the Narendra Modi-led government for ignoring the Gorkhaland crisis and also questioned BJP MP SS Ahluwalia's absence, who has not visited the hill station even once since the protest began.

The toy-train services of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) have been suspended in view of the strike for the safety of passengers, staff and the property of the DHR.

The government had also angered the Gorkhas - who speak Nepali - by announcing plans to make the Bengali language mandatory in state schools.

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