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Rajnath appeals to GJM to withdraw "bandh" in Darjeeling Hills

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today appealed to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to withdraw the ongoing "bandh" (general strike) in the Darjeeling Hills.
 
He also asked the Union Home Secretary to convene an official level meeting in the Ministry of Home Affairs within a fortnight to discuss all related issues, an official press release said.
 
“On the call of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) an indefinite strike is currently on in the Darjeeling Hills since June 12, 2017. Eleven precious lives have been lost so far, several have been injured and the entire people of Darjeeling hills have suffered a lot since the strike. I have been pained immensely by what has happened in Darjeeling hills,” the Home Minister said in his appeal.
 
“In a democracy, dialogue is the only way out to resolve any problem. Solutions can be found through restraint, mutual dialogue and within the legal ambit,” he said.
 
“I have asked the Home Secretary to convene an official level meeting in the Home Ministry within a fortnight to discuss all related issues. I also appeal to the GJM and its leader Bimal Gurung to withdraw the ongoing bandh and to help create a conducive atmosphere for allowing normalcy to return to the area, particularly in view of the festive season,” Mr Rajnath Singh added.
 
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