Darjeeling unrest: Sub-inspector shot dead as clashes erupt between Gorkha JanMukti Morcha and Police

13 October 2017, 01:31 PM
Cop killed as clashes erupt between Gorkha JanMukti Morcha and Police (Representational Photo)
Cop killed as clashes erupt between Gorkha JanMukti Morcha and Police (Representational Photo)

Once again the clashes have erupted between the Police and Gorkha JanMukti Morcha (GJM) ) who is a supporter of the GJM chief Bimal Gurung's faction in Darjeeling's Takvar.

Amidst the cross-firing one sub-inspector rank officer, Amitavo Mallick was shot dead and two casualties have also been reported as per the police reports. GJM has been demanding a separate Gorkha state, and an unrest that flared on June 8 has till now claimed the lives of 13 people.

The last death was on August 31 of a protester in a rally in Darjeeling. GJM is an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

In addition to clashes with police, its members forced a 104-day shutdown in the hill region that crippled the local economy that relies heavily on the summer tourism.

Police have recovered 6 AK-47 rifles, 1 9mm pistol, ammunition, bombs & bomb-making material.

We have specific information that Bimal Gurung had instructed his cadres to attack police parties & police personnel and he also has some links with North-East insurgent groups and Maoists, said police officer Anuj Sharma.

First Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 12:20 PM

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