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GJM withdraws hunger strike in view of assembly election


The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today withdrew its hunger strike, which began on February 24 in the Hills, in view of the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal.


Several GJM activists were sitting on a fast unto death at various places in the Hills, including one in front of the District Magistrate's office in Darjeeeling.


The agitators were demanding an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the February 1 police firing at Sibchu in which three GJM activists were killed. Two persons, including a woman, died on the spot, while one succumbed to his injuries in hospital.


Talking to reporters GJM spokesmen Prof Rohit Sharma said, "Keeping in mind the upcoming polls in West Bengal, we have decided to suspend the hunger strike."


"There won't be any more rallies or hunger strikes before the election process is completed because we want peacefull polls in the Hills and adjoining areas," he added.


The Hills will go to polls on April 18 in the first of the six-phase election.


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