Police Officer stabbed during protest in Darjeeling; CM alleges conspiracy

Cheryl Sanders
June 19, 2017

In a video released from an undisclosed location, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung condemned the police firing and called on all Nepali-speaking people of hills and Dooars to mourn June 17 as a "Black day" and tie black armbands in protest against the police firing.

The popular hill-town witnessed widespread clashes between the protesters and the police on Saturday in which one person was killed and 35 security personnel were injured.

Singh also spoke to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today and discussed with her the situation prevailing there.

Mamata Banerjee, responding to the violent turn of events, said on Saturday, "Bangla ke bhaag hote debo na (I will not let Bengal be divided)..." It is not a political fight but a fight for our identity. Sources said that he was attacked with khukri from behind while he was trying to stop burning down a police vehicle during clashes between the security forces and Gorkha activists. "The struggle will intensify in the hills".

The ongoing GJM-led agitation in Darjeeling hills for a separate Gorkhaland is a "deep-rooted conspiracy", supported by insurgent groups of the north east and some foreign countries, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed today.

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) staged a protest on Sunday over the death of three party activists in police firing.

Darjeeling remains on shutdown mode for the seventh consecutive day as thousands of supporters took to the streets to mark their protest against the killing of the two GJM supporters. He added, "I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful". "Three of our comrades were killed and five were critically injured in police gunfire yesterday", GJM's general secretary Roshan Giri told AFP. "I am ready to sacrifice my life, but I will not allow Bengal to be divided", she said. Though he did accompany the GJM delegation, which met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi this week, he has so far stayed away from his constituency ever since the turmoil broke out.

On June 13, movement for a separate Gorkhaland gained momentum after six other hill parties including TMC's ally GNLF extend their support and unanimously passed a resolution demanding a separate state. "During GTA, the state government had promised that these youths would be absorbed in the state police force but nothing of the sort happened".

A large contingent of police and paramilitary personnel was rushed to the spot under the command of the superintendent of police and other senior IPS officers. How can they throw bombs at the national flag?

Morcha leader Binoy Tamang has said the party is eager to hold talks with only the Centre. "We have apprised the Home Minister about the high-handedness of the police in dealing with the protesters in Darjeeling and have asked him to look into the matter".

For the second successive time this week miscreants struck at the dead of the night to vandalise and ablaze government properties around Darjeeling as the demand for a separate state continued to roil the hill station.

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