Darjeeling / Kolkata (West Bengal): Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) denied any kind of talks with the West Bengal government but said that they were comfortable with centre for negotiating with the NDA government. GJM leader Binay Tamang said, "We are not ready to negotiate with the West Bengal government. Mamta Banerjee has insulted us, she has called us terrorists. They said, we are struggling with our rights and freedom. We will only negotiate with the central government. We are not interested in negotiating with Mamta Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress government.
Due to the demand for separate Gorkhaland state, there has been a widespread clash between GJM activists and police on Saturday in Darjeeling, which has been running for the last 10 days. One person died and 35 security personnel, including an assistant commandant of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB), were injured in all this. Assistant commandant was seriously injured This violent demonstration that began again from June 8 after the interval of some years in Darjeeling, have caused the first death. A police official said that activists of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) threw petrol bombs at several places, pelted stones and thrown bottles. On this, the security forces had to make tear gas shells and to use the lathi charge to disperse the crowd.
Army troops deployed for control of the situation
Army troops have been deployed to control the situation, in the areas of Darjeeling and violence affected hill areas, the army has organized a flag march. An indefinite shutdown continued for the third day on Saturday demanding separate state of Gorkhaland. The Singaria area of Darjeeling was transformed into a conflict zone because GJM activists threw petrol bombs and stones on the riot police. The policemen fired tear gas shells and lathi-charged to disperse the crowd. This incident forced the administration to deploy army troops in the area. Many people were injured in this incident. An army official said that in the district, six troops (about 250 personnel) are deployed and the situation in Kalimpong is tense. Apart from Singrami, there was a conflict in Lebongkart Road, Chowk Bazar and Ghum. It is the highest railway station in the country.
One person died in Singari, 35 policemen injured
West Bengal's ADG (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma told in Kolkata that a person died in Singmari and nearly 35 policemen were injured. 19 of them are seriously injured However, GJM claimed that two party supporters were killed in police firing. GJM chief Bimal Gurung said in a statement from the unknown place, "Our two people were killed in police firing. They are martyrs of the Gorkhaland movement. The people of the hills will not stop till Gorkhaland is found. They said, 'The final battle is going on. Either we will get our rights or die for it. " Gurung's claim was rejected by ADG Sharma. They said, 'Police did not shoot. Not even a single fire was shot. It was GJM, who fired at us. '
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata that the assistant commandant of the second battalion of the IRB Kiran Tamang was seriously injured in the violence. Police said that Tamang has been shifted to a private hospital in Siliguri. Earlier, IRB sources had said that Tamang was killed in the conflict.
Rajnath Singh talked to Mamta Banerjee
Between the continuing violence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh called the West Bengal Chief Minister and discussed the situation there. During the conversation, Banerjee briefed the Home Minister about the steps being taken by the state government to maintain law and order and restore normalcy in the hill district. Singh asked the Chief Minister to take all possible measures to restore peace in the hill station.
Deep plot is violence in Darjeeling: Mamata
Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata, "What is happening today is a deep conspiracy. So many bombs and weapons cannot be mobilized in one day. I am ready to sacrifice my life, but I will not allow the division of Bengal. ‘She said that there is a link with rebel groups and some other countries in the Northeast of GJM. However, he did not name any rebel group or other country. Banerjee said, "The terrorist mind is behind this felony. We have the clue that they have links with underground rebel groups in the Northeast. Some other countries are also helping him.
Amit Shah replies on Mamta
Between the ongoing protests in Darjeeling hills, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused Modi government of encouraging the movement and claimed that there was a deep conspiracy in it. However, he did not directly charge the BJP for the violent agitation and claimed that it was getting support from the extremist groups and other countries of the northeast. On his statement, BJP chief Amit Shah reversed saying that she sees conspiracies in everything. Shah said that Mamta has a conspiracy theory in everything. Shah said in a press conference, Mamta seems to have a conspiracy in everything. She also had similar allegations against the Indian Army. He was asked that Mamta has called a movement in Darjeeling as a deep conspiracy, which has been supported by some extremist groups and other countries of the Northeast.
Police said that seven GJM supporters were arrested for alleged involvement in the violence. Giving details of the incident, a senior police official said that the prohibition was in place in the area and the police asked the protesters to return the flag of the tricolor and GJM in hand. The protesters did not accept protesters and started throwing stones and bottles on the police. In many police vehicles, protesters set on fire. A senior police officer said, "We asked them to go back, but they started throwing stones, bottles and petrol bombs. We had to resort to lathi charge. '
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