Mamata Banerjee leaves for The Hague ; Darjeeling continues to boil

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Darjeeling remained relatively calm on the 8th day of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-called indefinite strike on Monday as West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee left for The Hague in Netherlands to address the United Nations on "Public Service Day" on June 22. Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called for peace in Darjeeling after an indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha in demand of a separate state.

The GJM agitators also blocked NH-31A at some places in Darjeeling district to protest the death of three of their activists on Saturday.

Carrying black flags, protesters marched on the streets at Chowkbazar in Darjeeling, shouting slogans against the state government and Ms Banerjee.

He said violence can not help in reaching any solution.

Infact, when asked about the current agitation in Darjeeling, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh tried distancing his party from the GJM stir. "Three of our activists were killed". Looking at the angry GJM supporters who went on rampage torching a railway station, a police outpost and vehicles after a police raid on party chief Bimal Gurung's house in Darjeeling shows that they aren't listening to the court, even after it had passed an order citing the bandh was illegal. "My ministers are monitoring the situation", Banerjee said at Kolkata airport.

As the simmering tension continues to disrupt normal life in the tourist hotspot Darjeeling in demand of a separate state, in neighbouring Assam the indigenous Bodo tribe has again renewed their demand for a separate Bodoland state. The internet was snapped in order to stop GJM activists from using social media to spread "provocative posts", police sources said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also appealed for calm in the region and said that dialogue can resolve the issue. "Mr Gurung said since the GTA was a dead issue now, it would not hold any meeting with the state government". "These are free, available just about everywhere in the hills and most come in sizes that fit our fingers perfectly", said Subir Rai, a youth from Birch Hill area. Except medicine shops, all others shops, hotels were closed in the hills.

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