New Delhi: In the wake of Darjeeling unrest, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who apprised him of the situation prevailing in the hilly state, where the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has been leading a violent protest for seven days now.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the Home Minister posted,”Spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Sushri Mamata Banerjee this morning. She has apprised me of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling.”

Singh also urged people living there to remain calm and peaceful. “I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful. Nobody should resort to violence, In democracy like India resorting to violence would never help in finding a solution. Every issue can be resolved through mutual dialogue,”Rajnath tweeted today.

The situation has intensified as the indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has entered the seventh day. As many as 36 policemen were injured on Saturday in clashes with the GJM supporters.

The GJM announced an indefinite strike from Monday encompassing Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Dooars protesting against Mamata Banerjee’s decision to make Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools.

The strike was called even after the Chief Minister assured that the new rule would not be imposed in the hill districts. The protestors are also asking for a separate Gorkhaland, a long pending demand of the people of the hills.

(With inputs from ANI)