Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Darjeeling unrest: Police officer stabbed to death; Mamata tears into GJIM


Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday condemned the Gorkha Janmukti Morch's (GJM) vandalism and alleged "deep-rooted conspiracy" on Saturday, as the GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown entered its third day.

Some police personnel and GJM activists were injured in the clash.

An officer of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) was critically injured in the violence, while the GJM claimed two of its supporters were killed. Banerjee also said that the violence and protests in Darjeeling is part of a deep-rooted conspiracy. Police rejected the allegations of firing by its personnel, and said one person was killed during the clashes.

However, GJM supporters violated the orders and took a procession. Who will explain presence of so much of arms and ammunition in a small area? Gurung has gone underground in the face of the government's ire and not many quarters have sympathised with him at this hour, not even electoral friend BJP.

GJM leaders have alleged that the goal of setting up these boards was only to weaken the GJM in the hills and the Gorkhaland movement by dividing the hill communities.

In another false alarm, this time raised by the CM no less; Banerjee claimed that protesters were threatening journalists to show certain clips and that some of her "media friends" had been kidnapped.

"The board members have set up a committee to maintain peace", she said. "Our supporters were killed by policemen", he said. Police are unlikely to allow the protest rallies because the situation is already tense. "We are not backing off now and we want a separate state", Giri said, while rubbishing reports of any tripartite meeting in June 19. It called a strike in all educational institutes in the hills on June 1 and 2. "We are looking for them", Tamang said.

The government has signalled it won't bow down before the GJM but is facing an unprecedented crisis just weeks after the Trinamool Congress made history by registering its first victory in a hill municipality when it won Mirik. When police stopped them, they hurled stones and bottles.

Several vehicles including three of police were set ablaze.

Earlier today, Morcha protesters resorted to fresh violence after the police raided and allegedly vandalised the residence of Assistant Gen Secretary of Morcha Binay Tamang on Friday night.

The GJM announced an indefinite strike from Monday encompassing Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Dooars protesting against Mamata's decision to make Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools.

While condemning the police raid at the (GJM) office in Darjeeling in the morning, he said, "The police raided a political office (GJM) without informing the concerned leaders".

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