GJM calls off bandh in Dooars

Jalpaiguri (WB), Feb 12 (PTI) The Gorkha Janamukti Morchatoday decided to call off its indefinite bandh in the Dooarsregion and its proposed padayatra towards the plains but stuckto its demand for a Gorkhaland.

GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri said after a meetingwith the Centre''s interlocutor Vijay Madan at Kumani, about 85km off here, that the indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hillswhich entered the fourth day today, would continue.

"Our relay hunger strike and other forms of agitations inthe Darjeeling hills in support of our demand for Gorkhaland,CBI enquiry into the February 8 police firing at Sipchu wouldcontinue as usual," Giri said.

Even as GJM lifted its indefinite strike in Dooars, lifewas largely unaffected due to the bandh call in the region sofar, the police said.

Meanwhile, Centre''s interlocutor had a prolonged meetingwith GJM president Bimal Gurung and other GJM leaders atKumani in an attempt to normalise the situation inviolence-hit Darjeeling during the day.

Madan had earlier held discussions with districtmagistrates and superintendents of police of Darjeeling andJalpaiguri at Siliguri circuit house to get a brief of the lawand order situation in the region before leaving Kumani.

The interlocutor told reporters he would submit a reportabout his talks with the GJM leaders after reaching Delhi andrefused to elaborate on the discussions with GJM leaders. PTICOR PB AMD CR

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