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Darjelling unrest: GJM protest to continue; Rajnath appeals for calm

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Darjelling: In protest against the killing of two persons during heavy clashes between security personnel and protesters, thousands of protesters assembled at the central Chowkbazar carrying dead body of a GJM activist and raised slogans demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland.

The GJM activist was killed during the clash with the police on Saturday.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday appealed to the residents of Darjeling to remain calm and urged them not to resort to violence. The home minister’s appeal came amid GJM chief Bimal Gurung’s announcement that their protest will continue.

The protesters, also carrying black flags and the Tricolour, assembled at the Chowkbazar.

The GJM announced an indefinite strike from Monday encompassing Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Dooars protesting against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee`s decision to make Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools.

The strike was called even after the Chief Minister assured that the new rule would not be imposed in the hill districts.

The protestors are also asking for a separate Gorkhaland, a long pending demand of the people of the hills.

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