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Featured Image: A police car on fire at Darjeeling town on Wednesday. 

By Our Newsmen

Kolkata / Siliguri, 19 July: AMIDST the continuing arson and violence in Darjeeling Hills, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today held a closed-door meeting with the joint director of Centre’s Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB).

The meeting between the CM and SIB joint director Manoj Kumar Lal, who is an IPS officer, was held at state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah today afternoon. The meeting was also attended by state home secretary Atri Bhattacharya and director general of police Surajit Kar Purkayastha.

The meeting comes in the wake of Banerjee’s public statement that militant outfits from the northeast India and foreign elements were behind the unrest in Darjeeling Hills that is continuing for nearly two months.

The exterior and interior ceiling of a partially burned room at Kurseong Tourist Lodge.
The exterior and interior ceiling of a partially burned room at Kurseong Tourist Lodge.

Though officials were tight-lipped as to what transpired in the discussion, it is believed that Lal has urged the state government to share its Intelligence inputs pertaining to foreign role in Darjeeling flare-up. SIB, which operates throw a network of offices in important districts has an office in Siliguri.

The discussion between Lal and the CM took place on a day suspected Gorkha Janmukti Morch (GJM) cadres torched a police vehicle at Judge Bazar in Darjeeling town and partially burned an office of the Trinamool Hill unit located nearby.

This apart, at Kurseong they torched the Bengali Association’s Raj Rajeswari Hall and partially burned the Kurseong Tourist Lodge belonging to the state tourism department.  Similarly, the BDO office and a PWD rest house have been burned at Mirik.