Kolkata: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha,
spearheading a campaign for a separate state, today suspended
its indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills till August 17 to
create a `cordial atmosphere` ahead of the tripartite talks on
August 11 in Delhi.
GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told a news agency over phone
from Darjeeling that the decision to suspend the bandh,
announced by its president Bimal Gurung, was taken in response
to the request by the Centre, state government and other
"We will see the outcome of the talks and act
accordingly," Giri said.
He said their demand for the transfer of senior police
officials, including IG (north Bengal) K L Tamta, for the
lathicharge and `police highhandedness` on GJM supporters at
Panighatta on July 10 still stands.
Gurung announced the suspension of the bandh, which
began on July 13, at a programme marking the `shadid divas` to
pay homage to 1202 people killed in the Gorkhaland stir in the
Darjeeling hills in late 80s.