GJM supporters clash with police, violence spread in Darjeeling once again

Drajeeling unrest Clashes erupt between GJM supporters and Police 1 officer 1 supporter dead

A cop succumbed to his injuries in fresh clashes that broke out in Darjeeling between the police and the Bimal Gurung-led faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) early this morning.

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. Police said locals also fired to shield Gurung to make good his escape, adding, however, he was still hiding around the same place.

The police launched operations to find Mr Gurung after he sent out an audio message yesterday, saying he would return to Darjeeling on October 30 and asked people to turn out in large numbers to meet him. An assistant sub-inspector reportedly died in the gunfire while four policemen were injured.

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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 recovered 6 AK-47 rifles, 19 mm pistol, ammunition, bombs and bomb making material, according to West Bengal ADG Law and Order, Anuj Sharma.

After an appeal of Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), finally called off an indefinite strike in Darjeeling after 104 days on September 27. West Bengal's picturesque hill station of Darjeeling recently bounced back to life following the withdrawal of the over three-month-long protest by the GJM.

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