"It is difficult, but I hope we find a way out of it without mob violence, and hope things come to normal. Though it is difficult, I hope it (peace) would be made by both the sides," Narayanan said in Kolkata as the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-sponsored indefinite shutdown continued in the Darjeeling hills.

"Governors don't mediate. If I were not Governor, then maybe in my earlier avatars I could have, but as a Governor, I can't," said the former national security advisor to queries from the media about the possibility of his mediation on the issue.

He also said that he is not willing to visit the region now. "I would only add to the confusion if I go there now. I hope to go there later," he said.

Life in North Bengal's Darjeeling hills has come to a halt following the GJM intensifying its movement for a separate Gorkhaland. Mamata Banerjee regime has cracked down the movement and the Calcutta High Court too has declared the shutdown illegal.


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