Darjeeling unrest: Army deployed, Mamata Banerjee apprises Rajnath Singh of situation

While Darjeeling continues to simmer with violence, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take stock of the situation.

During the brief conversation, Banerjee apprised Singh about the measures taken by the state government to contain the violence.

Singh asked Banerjee to take all measures to restore peace in the region where locals are protesting against the imposition of Bengali in schools.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which is in power in the semi-autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, has started an agitation demanding a separate state  – Gorkhaland.


  1. Army has been deployed in Darjeeling to assist civil authority. The region has been on the boil for the past 10 days over the demand for a separate state. Six columns continue to be deployed in the region.

  2. Earlier today, GJM activists and the police in which one person was killed and 35 security personnel were injured, including an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) officer seriously.

  3. In Kolkata, Chief Minister Banerjee said, “What is happening today is a deep-rooted conspiracy. So many bombs and arms cannot be gathered in a day.” “I am ready to sacrifice my life, but I will not allow Bengal to be divided,” she added.

  4. Bannerjee claimed the GJM has connections with insurgent groups in the Northeast and some foreign countries. She, however, did not name any insurgent group or foreign country.

  5. Army contingents were deployed to control the situation and they staged flag marches in several areas of the violence-hit hill district, where the indefinite shutdown to press for a separate Gorkhaland entered the third day.

  6. The home ministry had yesterday put on hold sending additional paramilitary personnel to Darjeeling as no report on the ground situation had come from the West Bengal government.

  7. The GJM has claimed that four of its supporters were killed after police opened fire on them. However, the police have refuted GJM’s claims.

  8. The violence intensified after the police allegedly raided the The GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown is showing no signs of ending after the police allegedly raided and Trinamool Congress cadres allegedly vandalised the residence of GJM assistant general secretary Binay Tamang late on Friday night.

  9. In fresh clashes that erupted today morning, the protesters pelted the security personnel with stones and threw bottles at them, who retaliated by firing teargas shells.


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