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

Drajeeling unrest Clashes erupt between GJM supporters and Police 1 officer 1 supporter dead

Police said the shootout followed a pre-dawn raid on a forest hideout used by members of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), a regional party agitating for a separate state for the Gorkha ethnic minority. The GJM also claimed three of its supporters were killed in the police firing but the police did not confirm this.

The ADG also said that half a dozen of AK-47 rifles were recovered from a factory near the place where the clash between the police and Gurung's supporters took place.

Sharma also said they have received information that Bimal Gurung has links with North-East insurgent groups and Maoists. Peace and stability had just started to restore in the region when on Friday morning the police, after getting the information from its sources that Bimal was hiding away in the forest area near Patlebas, raided the area and violence broke out.

Few days back Gurung had told his supporters that he will appear before them on October 30. Weapons used to attack the police were procured from them.

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.

"We mourn the death of our courageous heart", senior police officer Anuj Sharma told reporters. Gurung was in hiding in neighbouring Sikkim and had tried to enter the Darjeeling hills today, Sharma said.

Expelled GJM leader and chairman of the Board of Administrators for Darjeeling hills, Binay Tamang, said Gurung was responsible for today's events. “We will not allow this to happen at any cost, even if we have to make sacrifices, ” he said.

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Gurung has been on the run for quite some time, with the state police slapping cases under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, as also for waging war against the government and organising terrorist camps.

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