Govt to hold meeting at Siliguri, GJM team leaves for Kolkata

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Siliguri/Darjeeling, Jun 24 (UNI) A high-level meeting, attended by Central as well as West Bengal government officials, will be held today at Siliguri to take stock of the situation in the Hills, even as a four-member Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) delegation left for Kolkata to hold talks with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

North Bengal Inspector General of Police K L Tamta said the meeting, to be held at Sukna under Siliguri district, will be attended by Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, Defence Secretary Vijay Singh, state Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb, Director General of Police Anubhushan Bhora, Darjeeling District Magistrate Rajesh Pandey, Superintendent of Police Rahul Srivastava as well as senior Army officials.

Meanwhile, GJM publicity secretary Benoy Tamang said a four-member GJM delegation, led by its assistant general secretary Raju Pradhan, left for Kolkata to have a direct talk with the Chief Minister on June 25 at Writers' Buildings.

Mr Pradhan said the Kolkata delegation would request the Chief Minister to withdraw the CRPF deployed in Siliguri and Dooars and lift prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in those areas.

He said the prohibitory orders had been preventing the GJM supporters from going on hunger strike there.

The GJM would also demand for investigation and arrest of those involved in attacking the pro-Gorkhaland supporters in the plains.

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