Sub-Inspector killed in Darjeeling, hunt on for GJM chief Gurung

Violet Powell
October 15, 2017

In a development that pushes Darjeeling into a fresh spell of uncertainty, a sub-inspector was killed and four policemen were injured in a gunbattle on a riverbed close to the West Bengal-Sikkim border during a pre-dawn operation on Friday.

West Bengal police sub-inspector Amitabha Malik's father would be provided a job at the state school department, state education minister Partha Chatterjee said.

The hills, after much struggle and suffering had returned to peace just a few days back on 27 Sep and just as the people were trying to be relaxed that finally there is peace, another incident disturbed the people of Darjeeling, forcing them to live under the feeling of fear.

Directly implicating Gurung for the death of the cop, Sharma said, "It all happened under Bimal Gurung's leadership" but also conceded that the heavy and sudden firepower caused casualties among the police contingent. He has been cornered.

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The security forces were moving towards Patlebas after receiving specific inputs that GJM president Gurung was camping in the area.

The police have also recovered 500 rounds of bullets, 6 AK47 assault rifles and one countrymade pistol from the spot that was raided. Earlier a home guard had died of injuries sustained in a low intensity blast near Kalimpong police station. Eleven Gorkhaland supporters have been killed in the three-month-long violent agitation between June and September.

That angered the state's roughly 1.8 million-strong Gorkha population, who speak Nepali.

Expelled GJM leader and Chairman of the Board of Administrators (BoA) for Darjeeling Binay Tamang blamed party supremo Bimal Gurung for today's violence in the hills and said the people of the region "will not allow Darjeeling to turn into Kashmir".

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