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GJM withdraws bandh in plains after talks

JALPAIGURI/DARJEELING: The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) on Saturday called off its bandh in the plains after talks with the Centre's interlocutor, but life in the hills remains crippled for the fourth day of the protest to demand a Gorkhaland.

The interlocutor, Vijay Madan, held talks with GJM president Bimal Gurung and spoke to the district magistrates and the Superintendents of Police of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri on the law and order situation in the Dooars and the Darjeeling hills.

Without disclosing what transpired at the meeting at Kumani, 85 km from Jaipaiguri, Mr. Madan told journalists that he would submit a report to the Centre before leaving Kumani.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said his organisation decided to call off the bandh in the Dooars and the ‘padayatra' to the plains, but it would continue the bandh in Darjeeling till the demand was met.

The bandh did not have much impact in the plains, the police said.

“Our relay hunger strike and other forms of agitations in the Darjeeling hills in support of our demand for Gorkhaland and a CBI enquiry into the February 8 police firing at Sipchu will continue,” Mr. Giri told PTI. — PTI

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