Sikkim's ruling party extends support to Gorkhaland demand

Darjeeling

Eleven companies of security forces are stationed in the region.

Internet services remained suspended for the second day on Monday to stop the GJM activists from using the social media to spread provocative posts, police sources said. Except medicine shops, all others shops, hotels were closed in the hills. "The series of events that are taking place in Darjeeling is quite unfortunate, But a separate state is not a problem and I do not support the demand".

It expressed its opposition to the "illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional" acts committed in Darjeeling. The rally was preceded by a silent march of the civilians on Sunday morning, demanding peace to be restored in the hills. First of all, security forces should immediately be withdrawn and normalcy should return.

"The GJM should organise their political meetings and procession democratically without damaging government properties and injuring innocent people", she said once again, reiterating that the Trinamul Congress government will not allow any unlawful activities and vandalism.

The tripartite agreement paving the way for the setting up of the GTA, an elected body for the Darjeeling hills, was signed in 2011. Autonomous Gorkha Territorial Authority covers three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Mirik, and some areas of Siliguri sub-division and the whole of Kalimpong district.

Hotels presently have bookings upto mid-July and they have now started cancelling new booking enquiries, one of the travel operators said.

Asked whether the GJM members will resign from the GTA, he said "We are pulling out of the accord".

The report, which was sent to the Home Ministry on June 17, says that as on June 13, a total of 24 cases had been registered by police and 49 security personnel had been injured in the violence, the official said.

"Gorkhaland is our right and we will have it". West Bengal Chief Minister accuses Gorkha Janmukti Morcha of its links with North East insurgency groups as terrorists like protests turn violent and policeman was stabbed in the process. "That part is also discussed in the meeting", he said. Meanwhile, Union Minister Rajnath Singh had told ANI on Saturday that he has spoken to Mamata to check the status of the Darjeeling situation.

GJM spokesperson, Binay Tamang told Firstpost that all the hill parties are unified in their demand for a separate Gorkhaland.

Mr. Singh also appeals to all parties in Darjeeling to remain peaceful.

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