Finally GJM chief Gurung moves away from stubborn position; sends letter to Bengal CM for peace in the hill
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 24-Aug-2017

Darjeeling, August 24: Finally putting an end to a long conflict, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung sent a letter to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee requesting a discussion. Gurung who never agreed to discuss anything with state excluding Gorkhaland demand has now bent from his stubborn position. Though he sent the request to restore peace in Darjeeling, Gurung mentioned some specific demands in the letter.

The 67-day long strike has angered residents of hill area in Darjeeling. The normalcy of the life is totally devastated in the hill. The political parties are also conflicting among themselves. Three successive blasts in a week have heightened the security tension. GJM was being held responsible for all the blasts. The gradual fall in popularity, the increased pressure has compelled Gurung to take such decision.

In his letter, Gurung demanded to compensate the family of killed victims and start a CBI investigation. Supply of food and daily ingredients have also been demanded. He also wants complete restore of internet service and local cable channels.

Though Gurung has not made it clear if GJM would join the all-party meet or not. “I would like to appeal to you that the State government must take appropriate measures to address all related issues including the present crisis on a permanent basis and ensure that normalcy returns to Darjeeling so that the people of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri Terai, Dooars can get their rightful due,” Gurung urged.