Responding to GNLF, govt has called for talks on August 29 to restore normalcy.
Darjeeling: Three persons were arrested here for their alleged involvement in arson and violence that took place in the hills in June, the police said on Sunday.
The three persons, who are active supporters of Gorkhaland movement, were arrested on Saturday night. The situation in Darjeeling hills remained tense, although no incident of violence was reported since last night as the indefinite strike demanding a separate state in the hills entered its 74th day.
The internet service in the hills remains suspended since June 18.The GJM, the GNLF and other hill parties are set to join the August 29 meeting convened by the state government to discuss the situation in the hills.
The meeting of the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), which was scheduled to be held on Sunday in Kalimpong, was cancelled. Sharp differences have emerged within the GMCC, which was formed by all the hill parties on June 20 to take forward the Darjeeling agitation, as some parties who didn't receive the invitation are against attending the talks, GMCC sources said.
The GJM on Saturday had decided to attend the August 29 meeting after the party received an official invitation from the state government urging it to attend the talks. A five member delegation of the GJM led by party convener Binay Tamang will attend the meeting.
The GJM on Saturday said it would attend the August 29 meeting convened by the government after the party received an official invitation for the talks. “We have received an invitation so it has been decided that GJM will attend the meeting. A delegation of senior GJM leaders will attend the talks. It has not been decided who will be part of the delegation,” GJM MLA and senior leader Amar Singh Rai had said.
The state government called for talks on August 29 in response to a letter form the GNLF, requesting a dialogue to restore normalcy in the Hills.