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Darjeeling unrest likely to escalate today

Darjeeling unrest likely to escalate today

India Blooms News Service | | 18 Jun 2017, 01:19 pm
Darjeeling, June 18 (IBNS): Amid escalating tension in the hills of West Bengal, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM)'s protests over the demand for a separate state in Darjeeling are set to intensify with party chief Bimal Gurung asking his supporters to defy curfew and assemble at Chowk Bazaar on Sunday, media reports said.

On Saturday, GJM leaders claimed that three of their supporters were killed as police opened fire on them.

The strike by GJM entered its seventh day in Darjeeling on Sunday.

Indefinite strike has hit normal life in Darjeeling for the past six days.

GJM supporters on Saturday morning held four rallies in Darjeeling hills.

Strike supporters engaged in a clash with police force at Singmari and Lebong areas.

GJM activists torched several police vehicles.

Several policeman and strikers were injured in the clash.

ADG (law & order) of WBP, Anuj Sharma, told IBNS: "One Morcha supporters was killed during the clash. But police did not open fire on protesters today. We are investigating how the agitator was killed."

"GJM attacked police today at several areas. They threw bricks, stones, glass bottles, crude bombs and petrol bombs aiming at police force. We also have reports that they fired bullets aiming at security personnel," Sharma said.

A senior police official told IBNS, "One assistant commandant of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), Kiran Tamang, was stabbed with a sharp weapon during GJM's attack at Singmari police outpost and he is being currently under treatment in a Siliguri hospital.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said police did not fire a single round.

CM Mamata Banerjee had said, "This is a terrorist movement. We have information that Darjeeling attackers have connections with NE terror groups. Few other countries are also influencing and indulging the insurgency. Police did not fired a single round bullet today."