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Mamata called us terrorists, not ready for talks with WB govt: GJM

19 June 2017

Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung today vowed to continue the movement for separate Gorkhaland state and warned of "trouble" if the police try to stop the protesters.

The Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal had asked the Centre for four additional paramilitary companies to be sent to Darjeeling on Thursday afternoon.

Referring to the CBI naming senior GJM leaders in the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang's murder, Banerjee said its chief Bimal Gurung was a "corrupt leader" trying to sell off the hills and hampering the development work taken up by the state government there. It is not a political fight but a fight for our own identity.

Darjeeling, on the boil over the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state, on Saturday witnessed widespread clashes between GJM activists and police, killing a civilian and seriously injuring an India Reserve Battaliion assistant commandant. "The struggle will intensify in the hills".

Slamming Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for the ongoing turmoil in Darjeeling, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday called the situation "unfortunate" and asserted to give "tough message" to the miscreants.

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The GJM on Saturday claimed three of its activists were killed in police firing, but Banerjee has rejected this allegation.

"I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful".

Clashes were reported in the hill district since morning today as GJM cadres staged demonstration against the police raid in Gorkha Janamukti Morcha's office two days ago. With folded hands, I request her to decide first whether she is Trinamool Congress chief or the Chief Minister of the people of the state.

The police said seven GJM supporters were arrested for their alleged involvement in the violence.

The Morcha, which is spearheading the stir in Darjeeling, maintains that it wants the immediate intervention of the Centre given the police crackdown initiated by the Mamata Banerjee-run West Bengal state administration.

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She said the GJM was being helped by some other countries too but did not elaborate.

GJM workers, who launched their agitation on June 8, had hurled petrol bombs, stones and bottles at the police at several places on Saturday, which led the security forces to lob teargas shells and resort to baton-charge to disperse the mobs, according to a police official.

Hinting that the unrest was Gurung's way of postponing the impending GTA elections, she said: "Five years you (GJM) enjoyed, now when elections are coming you start violence because you have lost credentials".

He also said two GJM supporters were hit by bullets in Ghoom Bhanjyang where GJM had broken through police barricades.

"We think the police and security personnel should be immediately removed from Darjeeling to create conducive environment for talks". Their advantage is it (Darjeeling) is a hill area and there are borders with other states and global borders.

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It may be recalled that the Army has already been called to take control of the situation.

Mamata called us terrorists, not ready for talks with WB govt: GJM