【Gangtok】Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling on the 9th of July demanded urgent intervention of the Centre for early settlement of the Gorkhaland issue to safeguard the interest of Sikkim.
He said in case the issue was not addressed on priority basis, the Sikkim government might approach the apex court of India.
"Sikkim’s geographical location having international boundaries with three countries - China in the North, Bhutan in the East and Nepal in the West, and the potential threat to the national security is a matter of supreme importance," the statement said. "In the agitation related violence on National Highway 10 , Sikkim’s only road link with the rest of the nation, over 5,000 vehicles have been vandalised and around 1,300 people (drivers and passengers) killed in the last 32 years of Gorkhaland agitation," it said.
○Darjeeling unrest: Army reployed after fresh violence in hills
【Darjeeling】The Army was redeployed on the 9th of July after fresh violence erupted in Darjeeling hills where Gorkhaland supporters torched a police outpost, a toy train station and clashed with the police at two places.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), spearheading the agitation for a separate state carved out of West Bengal, claimed that two youths were killed in police firing and rejected Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s offer of talks. The police, however, said they did not have any report of firing.
Banerjee appealed for peace and said that the government was ready for talks with the hill parties, but peace has to be restored first. In a statement tonight, the GJM, however, said the doors for talks with Banerjee and the state government are “closed forever”. It said it was willing to holds with the Centre on the issue of Gorkhaland. “If the Centre calls for talks on Grokhaland, we will go,” it said.
After the clashes on June 17, in which three supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha were killed in police firing and many others injured, an indefinite strike was announced in the hills of Darjeeling. Four Border Security Force companies (comprising 100 personnel each) were sent to Basirhat and two day back, four additional companies were also dispatched for deployment in the riot-hit areas of North 24-Parganas district, but these were returned by the state government, Union home ministry sources said on the 8th of July.
On the other hand, a clash broke out between supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP-RSS activists outside a government-run hospital in Kolkata following the death of an injured patient from Basirhat earlier in the day. The BJP and RSS leadership claimed the deceased - an active BJP worker - was killed, allegedly during the communal trouble.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the 8th of July announced a judicial inquiry into the communal violence that rocked Baduria and Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district where life was slowly returning to normal. The feisty West Bengal Chief Minister also accused the Modi government and the BJP of trying to "disturb peace" and "destroy" the federal structure by allowing people from across the border to enter the state and vitiate the atmosphere.
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