Centre`s interlocutor holds talks with Gurung

Amid simmering tension in violence-hit Darjeeling hills, Centre`s interlocutor for Darjeeling Vijay Madan held talks with GJM president Bimal Gurung in an attempt to normalise the situation.

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2011, 17:33 PM IST

Jalpaiguri: Amid simmering tension in
violence-hit Darjeeling hills, Centre`s interlocutor for
Darjeeling Vijay Madan on Saturday held talks with GJM president
Bimal Gurung in an attempt to normalise the situation.

The talks at Kumani, 85 km off here, were held at a
time when the situation in the hills was limping back to
normalcy even as Rina Khawas (22), a Morcha activist,
succumbed to bullet injuries, sustained in police firing at
Sipchu under Nagerkata police station on February eight.
With this, the death toll in the firing incident rose
to three. Three injured are still in hospital in Kalimpong.
Police said the situation in the hills was calm but
simmering tension continued to prevail.

Madan earlier held discussions with district
magistrates and superintendents of police of Darjeeling and
Jalpaiguri to get a brief of the latest law and order
situation in both the Dooars region and the hills.
Sources said that Madan might also talk to other
members of the Morcha leadership, spearheading the agitation
for a separate Gorkhaland, before returning to Delhi.

Meanwhile, life remained totally paralysed in the
Darjeeling hills on the fourth day of GJM`s indefinite strike
in protest against police firing and demanding a CBI probe
into the incident.

GJM sources said in Darjeeling that they would not
budge from their demand for a separate Gorkhaland and not
allow any discussion on an interim set-up for Darjeeling
hills.

PTI