Gorkhaland agitation: Centre says it has 'no plans' of constituting committee to gauge statehood demands

New Delhi: There was no proposal to constitute a committee to look into statehood demands of the Gorkhas and others agitating in parts of northern West Bengal, the Centre said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

 Gorkhaland agitation: Centre says it has no plans of constituting committee to gauge statehood demands

Pro-statehood agitators have been protesting in Darjeeling since over a month. PTI file image

"There is no proposal to appoint a committee to look into the merits and demerits of the demands of the Gorkhas, Adivasis and others," Union minister of state for home affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said in a written reply to a question in the Lower House of Parliament.

The Darjeeling hills have been witnessing an indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland, since 12 June.

"Violence and damage to public property have been reported during the agitations," said Ahir.

He added that according to the Constitution, the states were primarily responsible for the maintenance of law-and-order. The Centre, on a request from a state government, provided assistance by sending Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel, said the minister.

Similarly, CAPF battalions were provided to the West Bengal government as well for the maintenance of law-and-order in the Darjeeling hills, he added.

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Updated Date: Jul 25, 2017 23:08:31 IST