GJM suspends indefinite bandh till August 17

Press Trust of India

Kolkata, July 27 (PTI) 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 PTI 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 quarters.

“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.

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