ASI Killed In Clashes Between Police, Bimal Gurung's Supporters Over Gorkhaland Agitation

Darjeeling: Several policemen injured in fresh clashes with GJM supporters

Darjeeling: Several policemen injured in fresh clashes with GJM supporters

Sub-Inspector Amitava Malik was fatally shot in a forested area close to Gurung's residence at Patlebas.

Inspector General of law and order, West Bengal police Anuj Sharma said that Gurung and his associates fled during the police operation. "Last night (Thursday), we received specific inputs that Gurung was camping on the river bed below Lepcha Bustee along with boys of GJM's militant wing Gorkhaland Personnel, and that there were lot of arms and ammunition there", said Darjeeling's Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Chaturvedi.

Sharma conceded that the heavy and sudden firepower caused casualties among the police contingent.

As the day wore on, the GJM activists torched a police vehicle.

A senior police official said that most of loyalists of Bimal Gurung have deserted him and joined Binay Tamang, the new chairman of the Board of Administrators for Darjeeling hills.

Gurung, the GJM leader, has been in hiding since August after cases under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were registered against him for his alleged involvement in various bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas, reported PTI.

A large cache of arms-at least nine self-loading rifles, 2,000 rounds of ammunition and 20 gelatine sticks-was recovered from the camp, following which the police said the haul conclusively established Gurung's links with Moaists and insurgent groups from the northeast.

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. The GJM chief has vowed that the shutdown in the hills would continue indefinitely.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to attend the meeting at the state secretariat Nabanna.

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