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Centre not cooperating in quelling Darjeeling, Basirhat unrest: Mamata

SNS | New Delhi |

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday slammed the Central Government over the unrest in Darjeeling and Basirhat, saying that the Centre is not cooperating with her government.

"The Centre has a non-cooperative attitude; border areas are being disturbed with foreign hands having good relations with the BJP," Mamata said, adding, "Over-deployment of central forces is an issue. The Centre is not cooperating with our government."

Appealing people in Darjeeling not to resort to violence, Mamata said that her government will ask for a judicial inquiry into the incidents in Baduria and Basirhat.

"I appeal to the people in Darjeeling to not resort to violence and instead make peace," she said.

Earlier in the day, a three-member BJP delegation of MPs, who were on way to violence-hit Basirhat in West Bengal were detained by the state police near Kolkata airport. The delegation comprised BJP's New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP MP from Baghpat Satyapal Singh and Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan Om Mathur.

According to reports, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Saturday alleged that a youth was killed in police firing in the Darjeeling hills where the indefinite strike for a separate state entered its 24th dayon Saturday.

According to latest reports, two platoons of Indian Army have been deployed, one each in Darjeeling and Sonada, where a toy train railway station was set on fire.

According to another report, North 24 Parganas SP Bhaskar Mukherjee has been removed from the post in the wake of the unrest in Basirhat.