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Darjeeling unrest: ASI killed, several hurt in police, GJM clashes

13 October 2017

Expelled GJM leader and chairman of the Board of Administrators for Darjeeling hills, Binay Tamang, said Gurung was responsible for todays events.

Sources said Gurung loyalists are battling the state police forces with small arms in a bid to help their leader escape the spot.

Police said that trouble started early morning around 5 am when a police search party raided a hideout inside the forest near the Patlebas area, a stronghold of Gurung.

"Police also restored to firing and the exchange of bullets between cops and Gurung supporters lasted few hours", the officer added. During the clashes, several policemen, including a sub-inspector were injured and 2 are reported to be dead.

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Those who fired at the police should be given strict punishment, 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 on Friday", Sharma told reporters.

On Thursday night, Bimal Gurung had released an audio clip stating that he would make a public appearance before his supporters in Darjeeling on October 30.

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.

The latest protests severely affected production of Darjeeling tea, regarded as some of the world's finest, as workers failed to turn out for the harvest. This was the first police official casualty since the fresh Gorkhaland statehood demand was raised on June 8, in which some eleven Gorkha supporters were killed and crores of government property destroyed.

Darjeeling unrest: ASI killed, several hurt in police, GJM clashes