ASI and Gorkha activist killed in fresh bout of violence in Darjeeling

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

Darjeeling: A police officer has reportedly been shot dead in Darjeeling as a hail of gunfire erupted between police and suspected gunmen loyal to Bimal Gurung, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader who is on the run.

Trouble started around 5 am when a police search party raided a hideout inside the forest near Patlebas, a stronghold of Gurung, acting on information that he was hiding there.

The hills in West Bengal are once again suffering the aftereffects of the clashes that broke out between the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters and the Kolkata Police.

An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) ranked officer, who has been identified as Amitabh Malik, was killed in the clash while at least four other policemen were injured and were rushed to local hospital.

The CNN News18 report noted that firing between the police and GJM supporters is still going on, which might have helped Gurung escape.

Meanwhile, the GJM sources claimed that several of their supporters were hurt during the massive clash and one of them is in a very critical condition.

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

Gurung to supporters: Will make a public appearance in Darjeeling on Oct 30.

This is the first such incident of violence after the 104-day long indefinite shutdown in the hills was called off on September 26 by Gurung following an appeal by Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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