Jalpaiguri (JPN/Agencies): On the fourth day of the agitation for separate Gorkhaland, GJM withdrew its indefinite bandh in the plains. This decision was taken after Centre’s interlocutor held a meeting with GJM president Bimal Gurung on Saturday. Although life sprang back to normal in the plains after the bandh was lifted but life in the hills remained crippled.

GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri said after the meeting, that they had decided to withdraw the bandh in Dooars and the padayatra to the plains but the bandh would continue in Darjeeling till their demand for statehood was met.

Centre's interlocutor Vijay Madan held talks with GJM president Bimal Gurung and spoke to district magistrates and superintendents of police of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri for a brief on the law and order situation in both the Dooars region and the Darjeeling hills.

Without disclosing what transpired during the meeting held at Kumani, 85 km from Jaipaiguri, Madan told reporters that he would submit his report to the Centre before leaving Kumani.

The bandh had not had much impact in the plains, police said.

"Our relay hunger strike and other forms of agitations in the Darjeeling hills in support of our demand for Gorkhaland and CBI enquiry into the February 8 police firing at Sipchu will continue," Giri told the press.

Ready for political talks: Buddhadeb

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in Kolkata said the state government is ready to hold talks on the ongoing agitation in Darjeeling provided Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) left the path of violence.

"The problem in Darjeeling can be sorted out through peaceful political talks and we are ready for that... We cannot compromise with violence," he said at the annual combined parade of West Bengal and Kolkata Police Force.

GJM had announced an indefinite strike on February 9 demanding a CBI inquiry into the Sipchu police firing in which two party supporters were killed and another succumbed to injuries on Saturday.

Refusing to return to the negotiation table, if a separate Gorkhaland was not on the agenda, a belligerent Gurung, speaking over phone from Darjeeling last night threatened to intensify the agitation and dared the state government to arrest him.

"If police try to arrest me, the people of the hills will give them a fitting reply. They will virtually put the hills on fire and the state Government will be solely responsible for the consequences," Gurung had said over phone.