"If they want my intervention, then they should come around for my intervention. But I have made it very clear that the state of West Bengal extends from the oceans to the mountains," Narayanan said when asked to react to GJM supremo Bimal Gurung seeking his 'mediation.’

Asked whether the Trinamool Congress government in the state has sent him any proposal to mediate, Narayanan said, "That I don't know. You ask the government."
The GJM, agitating for a separate Gorkhaland state in Darjeeling, on Wednesday sought the Governor's 'mediation.’
Narayanan has earlier said that he could not mediate as he was the Governor, but was ready to talk to Bimal Gurung if he approaches him.

GJM announces two-day shutdown of Darjeeling

Meanwhile, The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Thursday gave a call for a two-day shutdown in West Bengal's Darjeeling Hills in the wake of the arrest earlier in the day of its assistant general secretary Benoy Tamang along with six party workers.

"The Hills will be closed on Saturday and Sunday to condemn the unwarranted arrest of GJM leaders," GJM supremo Bimal Gurung said. Tamang, a close associate of the GJM supremo, is also the senior-most leaders of GJM to be arrested so far.

He is, however, only one of nearly 700 party activists held by state authorities since the renewed protests for the formation of a separate Gorkhaland began last month, after the United Progressive Alliance at the Centre approved the carving out of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

"Tamang and the others were rounded up from Rangpo in connection with cases like putting up roadblocks and preventing police officers from carrying out their duties," Kalimpong sub-division Additional Superintendent of Police Sangmit Lepcha said. Forty GJM activists were taken into custody since Wednesday night, district Superintendent of Police Kunal Agarwal said.


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