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Darjeeling bandh relaxed by 72 hours

Kolkata/ Siliguri, June 22
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), spearheading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state, relaxed its indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills for 72 hours beginning this evening even as it decided to send two teams to talk to the West Bengal government as well as the Centre.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said while the date of visit of the team bound for Kolkata had not been decided yet, the team for Delhi would leave tomorrow. Giri said the Kolkata-bound team would talk to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on various demands.

The 72-hour breather, from 6 pm today till 6 am on Wednesday, was decided at the central committee meeting at the "request from different quarters," he said.

GJM press secretary Benoy Tamang said the blockade of the national highway 31-A, linking Siliguri to Gangtok, would be lifted during the relaxation period. The indefinite bandh had started on June 16. PTI

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