Darjeeling protests: Home Minister Rajnath Singh appeals for peace, says dialogue can resolve issues

In a democracy like India resorting to violence would never help in finding a solution: Rajnath Singh

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 18, 2017 3:28 pm
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A day after three activists of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha were killed in protests over a separate state for the Gorkhas, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday appealed for calm in the hilly region.  Appealing for peace, Singh said, “In a democracy like India resorting to violence would never help in finding a solution.”

While maintaining that violence would not serve any purpose, he added, “Every issue can be resolved through mutual dialogue.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today morning appraised him of the situation in Darjeeling, reported news agency ANI.

On Saturday, police and Gorkhaland supporters clashed with each other at various places in the Hills. Several vehicles were torched as police cracked down on protesters, firing tear gas shells and resorting to lathicharge.

Mamata Banerjee, responding to the violent turn of events, said on Saturday, “Bangla ke bhaag hote debo na (I will not let Bengal be divided)… In Darjeeling, police officers are being beaten up and so are reporters.”

Earlier, Rajnath Singh had spoken to Banerjee to take stock of the situation and discussed deployment of central forces and possible mediation by the Centre.

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    Hidayat Rizvi
    Jun 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm
    It is what it is. Maghaliya don't want cow mutra negras, they hate pavitra cow mutra negra. Center wants to give farmers bullet instead of loan waiver. Sampat patra is number 1 negra. Danga baaz and Gujrat Danga overseer Modi gotta go along with encounter baaz natak baaz sivraj chopda mader chopda. Now targeting Orissa farmers. Pavitra cow mutra negra killing farmers in MP man killin farmers. Natak baaz phandwanis. Whole team is natak baaz. Drama queen susma suraj, drama baaz rajnath madernath jatlay bald negra. Look the truth of the matter is and there is no denying it that elephant in the room no one wants to talk about is that Bjp ba$tard negras and modi negra are killing farmers after killing Dalits, maderchopda africa pavitra cow mutra drunk negra cow gober applying to face for best shade result negras muth kas..!.,..
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    R Kumar
    Jun 18, 2017 at 3:04 pm
    They are appealing after instigating the people. People has to realise