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Darjeeling Unrest: Rajnath Appeals for Calm

Darjeeling Unrest: Rajnath Appeals for Calm
June 18
16:32 2017

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday appealed to the residents of Darjeeling to remain calm and urged them not to resort to violence. The home minister’s appeal came amid GJM chief Bimal Gurung’s announcement that their protest will continue.

All parties and stakeholders should resolve their differences and misunderstandings through dialogue in amicable environment,” Rajnath Singh said.

“In a democracy like India resorting to violence would never help in finding a solution. Every issue can be resolved through mutual dialogue,” he said.

“I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful. Nobody should resort to violence,” the home minister said in a series of tweets.

Security personnel in large numbers were deployed in the hill district of West Bengal after widespread clashes between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists and the police were witnessed yesterday.

The protesters, also carrying black flags and the Tricolour, assembled at the Chowkbazar. They shouted slogans demanding that the police and security personnel be “immediately removed” from Darjeeling.

TNN

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