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Congress expresses concern over Darjeeling situation; urges TMC, GJM to resolve dispute

Kolkata: The Congress on Friday expressed concern over the situation in the Darjeeling hills and hoped that both parties would chalk out a strategy to restore peace and normalcy in the hills.

CRPF troops patrol the streets a day after GJM (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) supporters resorted to violence in Darjeeling. PTI

CRPF troops patrol the streets on Friday, a day after GJM supporters resorted to violence in Darjeeling. PTI

"We express our concern over the prevailing situation in the hills and hope that the situation will soon normalize and peace will be restored," Congress national spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi told reporters.

The army staged flag marches in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong as a 12-hour bandh sponsored by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) got underway on Friday, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee describing the bandh as "illegal".

State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury on Friday blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the unrest in the hills.

"She should now apologize to the people of Bengal for fooling them by saying 'hills are smiling'. Now we can see the hills are burning. It is a complete administrative failure of the TMC government. The GJM wanted to protest in a peaceful way, but TMC, which doesn't believe in democracy, triggered violence in the hills by using police and goons," Chowdhury said.

Published Date: Jun 09, 2017 16:37 PM | Updated Date: Jun 09, 2017 16:37 PM

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