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By A Newsman

Siliguri, 12 September: CHIEF Minister Mamata Banerjee has ruled out the possibility of initiating a tripartite meet involving the Centre on the Darjeeling impasse as has been demanded by the political parties from the Hills.

“Since GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration) is not there, there is no scope of convening a tripartite meet. In the next meeting on 16 October we shall discuss if this can be done,” the Chief Minister said after chairing a meeting with political parties from the Hills at Uttarkanya in Siliguri today afternoon.

She has, however, accepted Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-Binay Tamang faction’s demand for compensation to the family of those killed and injured in clashes with police in the Hills since 8 June and, a high level probe into the bomb blasts that has rocked the Hills since 19 August.

“Compensation to victim families is a policy of our government and hence, accepting Binay Tamang’s demand, we will compensate the families provided normalcy is restored. Tamang has also demanded a high level probe into the bomb blasts and we have agreed to this,” Banerjee said.

She did clarify whether the bomb blast case will be handed over to a Central agency or a judicial probe will be instituted into this. Right now, the state CID is investigating the blasts that caused one life and left two injured.

Terming today’s parleys as positive, the Chief Minister has also urged state government employees in the Hills to re-join duty before 15 September. “We will give one month advance salary if they pay heed to this appeal.”

Apart from GJM Binay Tamang faction, today meeting saw the attendance of GJM MLAs Amar Singh Rai and Sarita Rai, All India Gorkha League team led by president Bharati Tamang, Jan Andolan Party team led by Harka Bahadur Chhetri, and Gorkha National Liberation Front team led by Man Singh Ghising.

In the first round of talks that was held in Kolkata on 29 August, All India Gorkha League and the GJM MLAs did not attend.