SI killed, three injured in police-GJM clash in Darjeeling

SI killed, three injured in police-GJM clash in Darjeeling

The GJM cadres resisted the police advance resulting in violent clashes. The state government which will give Rs 5 lakh to the family of the braveheart, will also provide jobs to both the wife and the father of the slain official, minister for education Partha Chatterjee today announced after a cabinet meeting that took the decision in this regard. "People of the hills are peace-loving, they are not with Gurung and his politics of violence and bloodshed".

The latest protests severely affected production of Darjeeling tea, regarded as some of the world's finest, as workers failed to turn out for the harvest. Over a specific information that he had returned to Darjelling, the police raided the Takvar area near Patlibash. The ADG also said that Bimal Gurung is believed to purchase weapons from these rebel groups.

The police conducted the raid after getting information that Gurung was hiding in the area, during which the GJM leader's supporters fired and pelted stones, police said.

By now, it is clear that Gurung has lost popular support in Darjeeling, said Anuj Sharma, additional director general of police (law and order).


Few days back Gurung had told his supporters that he will appear before them on October 30.

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.

After cases under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were filed against him for his alleged involvement in various bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas, Gurung has gone into hiding. Later, police recovered six AK 47 rifles, a pistol, and 500 rounds of cartridges and explosives from the spot, he said. Even as he and others fled the camp, firing at the police, one person was arrested, said Akhilesh Chaturvedi, Darjeeling district's superintendent of police.

The shutdown was lifted on September 27, hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to the GJM to call off the over three-month-long strike and invited them for talks to find an amicable solution to the issue. "He has prepared a blueprint to foment trouble for his personal gain", he said.

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