Darjeeling incident is abhorrent, can’t be described in words: Mamata Banerjee

She said, "What happened in Darjeeling yesterday is so abhorrent that it cannot be described in words. The situation is under control in Darjeeling; it’s peaceful here."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 9, 2017 6:38 pm
Mamata Banerjee, Darjeeling, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, GJM supporters, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters, india news Darjeeling : Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters during their protest in Darjeeling on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI6_8_2017_000249B)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday strongly criticised the violence in Darjeeling saying the incident ‘is so abhorrent that it cannot be described in words’. The CM said that the situation currently in Darjeeling has been brought under control.

Protesting in strong words, the CM said that a person who is devoid of good ideas would protest during such times. She said, “One can only stage such protests during this time if one is bereft of good ideas.”

The state government called out the Army in Darjeeling on Thursday after the GJM protest against the “forced imposition of Bengali language’’ in state schools turned violent with police vehicles being torched and policemen attacked. Banerjee described the 12-hour-long strike called by the GJM as “illegal”, stating that the government will take stern action against those participating in it.

Speaking on the tourism sector, CM said that tourism has been the mainstay for the people of Darjeeling, without which there would be no income for the people. Taking a jibe at the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters, who burnt vehicles on Thursday, she further added that without vehicles no trade or tourism can happen in the town. She said, “Tourism is the mainstay here, without tourism, there would be no income for people, without vehicles, no trade or tourism can happen.”

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    Praveen
    Jun 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm
    Bangla cannot be imposed. If Hindi cannot be imposed then why Bangla?
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      s
      Jun 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm
      What are her words about the shameless violence in Malda?
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        Kumar
        Jun 9, 2017 at 7:11 pm
        Mamata Banerjee needs to handle the Darjee situation with iron hands. No one can afford to cede Darjee from West Bengal and then gradually from India. Everybody should support her in this respect for integrity of India.
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          Praveen
          Jun 9, 2017 at 9:14 pm
          Don't impose Bangla. Gorkhas have separate culture.
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            mark
            Jun 10, 2017 at 1:18 am
            Mostly language ... cultures there are many And, again , Darjee was carved out of kingdom of Sikkim, not from (sorry) Muslim then British-ruled "Bengal" ... Mamata Banerjee deliberately provocated this violence, the "iron hand" of (Indian) law should be applied to her, who started troubles anew in this sensible area, what does she wants?, a new Kashmir, this is beyond understanding
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          Kumar
          Jun 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm
          Mamata Banerjee needs to handle the darjee situation with iron hands. No one can afford to cede Darjee from West Bengal and then gradually from India. Everybody needs to support her in this respect for integrity of India.
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            mark
            Jun 10, 2017 at 1:28 am
            BTW, Mamta banerje being a lady, you show more respect, and don't let her involved in situations involving crazy hill tribes, I suggest you go by yourself handle the situation with your own iron hands . As for Indian Army, maybe has more important duties by now ... and this is a good question, why re-creating out of nowhere this Hills problem?
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