Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Darjeeling unrest: ASI killed, several hurt in police, GJM clashes

Darjeeling unrest: ASI killed, several hurt in police, GJM clashes

The GJM claimed one of its activists was also killed in the exchange of fire.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to attend the meeting at the state secretariat Nabanna. Chatterjee along with minister for food and supplies Jyotipriya Mullick will visit the house of Mullick on Saturday where his body will be brought.

They were searching for the head of the party Bimal Gurung, who has been on the run since government prosecutors brought terrorism charges against him over a 104-day protest that crippled the region and left almost a dozen people dead. Accusing Gurung of having links with Maoists and northeast insurgent groups, Sharma said the beleaguered GJM leader wanted to disturb the peace process.

In a statement released this evening, the Gurung camp condemned the incident and said the Mamata Banerjee government wants to derail talks with the centre and has launched a witch hunt against Mr Gurung.

Tensions flared in the picturesque hill station of Darjeeling in West Bengal in June when the state government announced it was making the Bengali language mandatory in state schools.

Clashes broke between police and supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha inside a forest at the Lapchey Bustee, about 20 km from Darjeeling town, Anuj Sharma, ADG (Law and Order).

He said the police faced “heavy fire” from the group which led to the death of a police sub-inspector and injuries to four police personnel.

Gurung, the GJM leader, has been in hiding since August after cases under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were registered against him for his alleged involvement in various bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas, reported PTI.

“He has procured arms from them.

Sharma said, during the clashes, Gurung and his close associates fled to the neighbouring state of Sikkim. Sharma said a cornered Gurung was trying to foment trouble in the hills again.

"We will not allow this to happen at any cost, even if we have to make sacrifices", he said.

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