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Darjeeling: Pollice officer killed in clashes with GJM faction

Darjeeling: Pollice officer killed in clashes with GJM faction

In the fresh summon, WBCPCR also took notice of TV footage on September 15 where GJM supporters are seen vandalising a vehicle carrying schoolchildren. The police, however, did not comment on this.

The Additional Director General (law & order) of the state police, Anuj Sharma, has stated that police has information about the supremo of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Bimal Gurung, being linked with the Maoists and other North Eastern insurgent groups.

Locals said the houses opposite Bimal Gurung's house at Pathlevas, about 6 kilometers from Darjeeling town, belonged to supporters of the Gorkha leader. "A police vehicle has been set on fire", Sharma told reporters at the State Secretariat.

Six assault rifles, 500 rounds of ammunition, pistol, gelatine sticks were recovered. "Several police vehicles passed through the area but none stopped to help", said a member of the Gurung-led GJM faction.

"Gurung has procured arms from them", he said.

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Gurung was in hiding in neighbouring Sikkim and had tried to enter Darjeeling hills today, Sharma said. "My son's soul will rest in peace only if Bimal Gurung is shot in the head", Soumen said.

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.

The cause of the fire or casualties due to it are yet to be ascertained and investigations are on. The state government should go for tripartite talks to solve the Darjeeling issue.

The West Bengal government will do all that is necessary to arrest Gurung, he added.

The exchange of fire yesterday was the first incident of violence after the 104-day-indefinite shutdown in the hills was called off on September 26 by Gurung following an appeal by Union home minister Rajnath Singh.


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