Security personnel in large numbers were deployed in the hill district of West Bengal after widespread clashes between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists and the police were witnessed on Saturday. In Kolkata, the chief minister urged all parties concerned and stakeholders to attend an all-party meeting convened by the state government in Siliguri on June 22 on the prevailing situation in Darjeeling.
The agitation in Darjeeling took a violent turn when three GJM supporters were allegedly killed in a police firing on Saturday. Protesters shouted anti-state government slogans and carried black flags during their protest in Chowkbazaar.
West Bengal CM called for peace in Darjeeling where the shutdown enters the eighth day today as she left for The Hague to attend United Nations meet.
He said violence can not help in reaching any solution. "The sudden outburst of violence in Darjeeling is nothing but an unwarranted outcome of the autocratic rule of the West Bengal government and the Centre's negligence towards the problem", the statement said. The party has claimed that three of its activist were killed yesterday. Looking at the angry GJM supporters who went on rampage torching a railway station, a police outpost and vehicles after a police raid on party chief Bimal Gurung's house in Darjeeling shows that they aren't listening to the court, even after it had passed an order citing the bandh was illegal.
The internet services has been cut off since Sunday morning to deter the GJM from spreading messages and "provocative posts" - this despite the Human Rights Watch recently slamming India for "illegally" shutting down cyberspace in violence-hit regions 20 times in the first five months of 2017. "We are ready to give our lives but will not stop protesting till we get Gorkhaland", Sirish Pradhan, a GJM worker, said. "Every issue can be resolved through mutual dialogue", Rajnath further said.
A state police official said, "Raids will continue".
Slamming the Trinamool Congress supremo, Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri said, "Mamata Banerjee has called us terrorists".
"Appealing for peace, the Union Minister tweeted:" I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful.
Except medicine shops, all others shops and hotels were closed in the hills.