GJM supporters clash with police in W Bengal, SI killed

Oct 16, 2017, 00:45
GJM supporters clash with police in W Bengal, SI killed

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh today held the Mamata Banerjee government responsible for the death of sub-inspector Amitabha Malik, alleging that it had sent police personnel "who were not properly trained" to capture GJM chief Bimal Gurung.

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.

Sub-Inspector Amitava Malik was fatally shot in a forested area close to Gurung's residence at Patlebas.

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They added that Gurung may even use a "human shield" to make it hard for the police to open fire. "We feel ashamed of it", he said. We have recovered six AK-47 assault rifles, one 9 mm pistol, 500 rounds of ammunition and bombs from the place where a police party was ambushed by his group near Darjeeling today, ” Sharma told reporters here.

Restrictions have been imposed on entry to the village, a Gurung stronghold, and the police are conducting raids in the area.

Meanwhile, the police said that it had intelligence inputs that Gurung was hiding near Patlebas. The arms haul conclusively establishes his links with insurgent groups and Maoists, he added. Thulung is wanted by Darjeeling Police and Assam Police in an arms case.

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According to the Newspaper, However, we strongly oppose what the state government is doing in Darjeeling hills.

"Whatever has happened in the hills is regrettable".

The exchange of fire yesterday was the first incident of violence after the 104-day-indefinite shutdown in the hills was called off on September 26 by Gurung following an appeal by Union home minister Rajnath Singh. The GJM has been at the forefront of the Gorkhaland movement, demanding that a separate State be carved out from the Darjeeling hills.

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