GJM Calls All- Party Meeting In Darjeeling

"The hill parties have agreed that the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state is a priority and there would be no compromise on that", Tamang said. The home minister's appeal came amid GJM chief Bimal Gurung's announcement that their protest will continue.

Delhi paved way for creation of Telangana state in 2014 but had "maintained deliberate indifference" towards people's aspirations for separate state in other parts of the country, the statement claimed.

Ahluwalia said that it seems, Bannerjee has forgotten that she was dealing with Gorkhas, who are known for their valour and loyalty.

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"All the political parties that participated in today's meeting, would boycott the all-party meeting called by the state government on June 22 in Siliguri", he added.

Family members of those alleged to have been killed in clashes with police might have lost their sole bread winners, but they vowed to continue their fight for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

"BJP must remember that even their national manifesto promises us support", the GJM leader said.

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The agitators pelted stone on the police and there were bomb explosions for two hours in which one state transport bus, eight police vehicles and one police kiosk were burnt, the sources said on Tuesday, citing the report. "Instead of playing with fire, peace should be safeguarded", Banerjee said. It has said the situation in the region is tense but under control.

Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the government and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) offices and various entry exit points of the hills while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed. While roads wore deserted look, shops and business establishments downed their shutters, school and colleges remained shut, attendance in the government offices was nearly negligible, majority of people stayed indoors with eyebrows furrowing for fast diminishing stocks of fuel and food and spiralling prices of essentials in black markets. "The police should stop violating human rights and making arbitrary arrests", the GNLF spokesman, Niraz Zimba, who was present at the meeting, 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.

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