Clashes Break Out Between Police and GJM Supporters in Darjeeling, 2 Dead

Malik was killed and four other policemen were seriously injured when GJM supporters, loyal to Gurung, allegedly fired at a police team in a forest area in Darjeeling district on Friday.

Amitava Malik Amitava MalikThe Opposition on Sunday blamed the state government for the death of sub-inspector (S-I) Amitabha Malik, who was killed in a gunfight between state police and alleged followers of GJM chief Bimal Gurung on Friday morning.

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

A GJM supporter and a sub-inspector were reportedly killed in clashes in Darjeeling. A few GJM supporters, too, received injuries in the firing. “We will not allow this to happen at any cost, even if we have to make sacrifices, ” he said.

Gurung was in hiding in neighbouring Sikkim and had tried to enter Darjeeling hills today, Sharma said. "It is sending police personnel who do not have proper training to capture Gurung", Ghosh said.

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Later, police recovered nine AK 47 rifles, a Berretta pistol, a point 22 bore rifle, a musket, a radio manpack, over 1,800 rounds of ammunition, 20 gelatine sticks, more than 1,000 detonators, camping materials, a sophisticated binocular and batteries.

Accusing Gurung of having links with Maoists and northeast insurgent groups, Sharma said the beleaguered GJM leader wanted to disturb the peace process. "Bimal Gurung has to take responsibility", said Tamang, now in Kolkata, where he called on Banerjee.

The region's Nepali-speaking Gorkha community has always been holding protests demanding a separate Gorkhaland state within India to protect their Himalayan culture.

According to the Newspaper, However, we strongly oppose what the state government is doing in Darjeeling hills.


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