Police Officer stabbed during protest in Darjeeling; CM alleges conspiracy

Gorkha Janmukhti Morcha K N Tripathi Darjeeling hills West Bengal Gorkha Trinamool congress Congress
Police Officer stabbed during protest in Darjeeling; CM alleges conspiracy
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19 June, 2017

GJM, Alley said, wants to raise a 8000-strong force in Darjeeling hills which will be well prepared to tackle "any kind of situation".

Reiterating the Bodoland Statehood demand, the ABSU president said if the Central and State Government failed to resolve the Bodoland issue immediately, then the movement groups will be compelled to launch a series of agitational programmes like the indefinite national highway and railway blockade programme from September next. "I am ready to talk to them on this matter as we can not support violation of the Constitution", Mamata added.

This afternoon, Mamata had said in Nabanna: "They (the protesters in the hills) are using arms and bombs".

"Five years you enjoyed, now when elections are coming you start violence because you have lost credibility", Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in Kolkata, hitting out at the GJM leadership.

Banerjee had on Saturday said that the GJM-led agitation in Darjeeling hills is a "deep-rooted conspiracy" supported by the insurgent groups of the Northeast and some foreign countries.

They blocked the road near Dalsingpara tea estate in Jaigaon, choking the only road connecting India and Bhutan.

"She (Banerjee) has apprised me of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling", he said.

Shouts of "Police go back" and "Gorkhaland-Gorkhaland" reverberated through the picturesque hills as some Gorkha activists claimed that the protest has shifted from the political to the commoners' movement in the hills.

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The scene in front of the GJM office in Singamari looked like a battlefield with a few police vehicles on fire, stones and bottles lying all around the area.

On a day otherwise ideal for a gentle stroll, Singamari, the ground zero of protests, witnessed intense clashes spanning over three hours as several police vehicles were torched and the area that is usually teeming with tourists turned into a virtual battleground.

The alleged police raid and vandalising of the residence of Tamang at around 3 a.m. triggered massive resistance from GJM supporters. The party's leaders may well be looking out for skirmishes such as Saturday's to whip up frenzy among the common people.

He said violence can not help in reaching any solution.

GJM leaders said Vikram Rai, son of GJM MLA Amar Rai, was "picked up" by the police from Darjeeling. "Fundamentally, we are in favour of small states, but each case differs", she said.

After this meeting, on Friday, the ministry said a situation report was required before the paramilitary forces could be deployed. Gurung died on his way to Siliguri while the two other died on the spot.

The GJM announced an indefinite general strike from Monday in the hills encompassing Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Dooars (foothills of the Himalayas covering stretches of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar district) protesting against the government's purported decision to make Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools and to press for a separate state of Gorkhaland.


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