Security tightened in Darjeeling as uneasy calm prevails in the hills
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 18-Jun-2017

New Delhi/Kolkata, June 18: As the situation in Darjeeling Hills has deteriorated further taking the toll of 3 precious lives and loss of property due to the violent turn to the movement launched by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for a separate hill state.

Though the situation is reported to be peaceful, the uneasy clam might betray the fragile peace.  

According to reports the situation in Darjeeling hills was in complete chaos as the state governmetn was grappling with a series of cirsis in the hills. 

School, colleges and business establishment remained closed. One person was killed and 35 security personnel were injured on Saturday as the hilly region witnessed clashes between GJM supporters and police. GJM claimed that three of its supporters lost their lives, while the security forces said, only one was killed.

Also Saturday, GJM ruled out any discussion with the West Bengal government, but said it is comfortable with holding talks with the Centre. GJM leader Binay Tamang said in Darjeeling that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has insulted them.

He said they were fighting for their right and will talk only with the central government. His comment comes in the backdrop Ms Banerjee's claim of deep-rooted conspiracy in Darjeeling Hills supported by insurgent groups of the North East.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the West Bengal Chief Minister Sunday morning and took stock of the situation.

In a series of tweets, Singh appealed to the people in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful. He said, all concerned parties and stakeholders should resolve their differences and misunderstandings through dialogue in an amicable environment.