Home Ministry asks people in Darjeeling to maintain peace
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Last Updated: Friday, May 21, 2010, 19:47
New Delhi: In the wake of the murder of a top Gorkha leader in Darjeeling, the government on Friday asked people living in the hill town and its surrounding areas to maintain peace and work for the resolution of the Gorkhaland issue.

"There is a need for people to be calm and work for the peaceful resolution of Gorkhaland issue. All sides must maintain peace," Home Secretary G K Pillai told reporters here.

All India Gorkha League (AIGL) president Madan Tamang was stabbed to death by unidentified men during clashes with rival Gorkha groups in Darjeeling.

"It is a very unfortunate incident. Such incidents vicious the atmosphere," Pillai said, adding the situation is tense but under control.

Official sources said the murder may delay the proposed tripartite talks on Gorkhaland issue, scheduled to be held later this month.

The Home Ministry is in constant touch with West Bengal government and taking stock of the situation in Darjeeling.

Around 300 additional CRPF personnel have also been deployed in the hill town to assist the local police as a precautionary measure.


First Published: Friday, May 21, 2010, 19:47

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