Bimal Gurung plans to enter Darjeeling before Oct 30: Intel

Will scenes like this return in the north Bengal hills again that’s the question after Friday’s clashes between the police and GJM supporters
Will scenes like this return in the north Bengal hills again that’s the question after Friday’s clashes between the police and GJM supporters
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16 October, 2017

A sub-inspector was killed and four policemen were injured today when alleged supporters of GJM chief Bimal Gurung fired at them at a forest area near here where Gurung was suspected to be hiding.

Additional Director General of Police Siddhinath Gupta said the state police had asked its Sikkim counterpart to intimate them about anyone entering the Northeastern state from Bengal with injuries.

The incident comes soon after a sub-inspector was killed in a clash between police and alleged supporters of Gurung.

Few days back Gurung had told his supporters that he will appear before them on October 30.

"Last night (Thursday), we received specific inputs that Gurung was camping on the river bed below Lepcha Bustee along with boys of GJM's militant wing Gorkhaland Personnel, and that there were lot of arms and ammunition there", said Darjeeling's Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Chaturvedi. "We feel ashamed of it", he said.

Sharma said, during the clashes, Gurung and his close associates fled to the neighbouring state of Sikkim.

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Restrictions have been imposed on entry to the village, a Gurung stronghold, and the police are conducting raids in the area. The police recovered 6 AK 47 and some nine mm pistol and around 500 rounds of cartridges from the spot. "It is sending police personnel who do not have proper training to capture Gurung", Ghosh said.

One person has been arrested, said Chaturvedi, but refused to give out his identity.

According to him, intelligence reports suggest that Gurung has been in touch with Maoists and other North East-based insurgent groups. The state government has branded Gurung a fugitive involved in subversive activities, but he continues to claim that he, as GJM president, is the true representative of the Gorkha community.

"Whatever has happened in the hills is regrettable". "The law will take its own course", he warned.

Tamang on Friday met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat Nabanna.


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