Sub-Inspector killed after Gurung supporters clash with police during raid

Cheryl Sanders
October 14, 2017

Clashes broke out after West Bengal police raided GJM's den stock house in Darjeeling. "A police vehicle has been set on fire", Sharma told reporters at the State Secretariat. Accusing Gurung of having links with Maoists and northeast insurgent groups, Sharma said the beleaguered GJM leader wanted to disturb the peace process. Over a specific information that he had returned to Darjelling, the police raided the Takvar area near Patlibash. However, Gurung has reportedly escaped from the spot.

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. They were rushed to a local hospital, where Malik succumbed to injuries.

Friday's incident queers the pitch for the proposed tripartite talks at the Union home ministry over the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

Police found huge amounts of arms and ammunitions including nine AK 47 rifles, a Berretta pistol, over 1,800 rounds of ammunition, 20 gelatine sticks and more than 1,000 detonators in Darjeeling.

The long running shutdown has also resulted in severe loss to the economy of the region that is dependent on summer tourism.

Life had come to a standstill for 104 days in Darjeeling and its neighbouring hills district Kalimpong for 104 days after the GJM called an indefinite shutdown on June 12 to press for Gorkhaland. "If I need to die, I will do so before the people", he had said.

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.

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