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. It left a police officer and a civilian killed and several others injured.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Chief Bimal Gurung, on 27 Sep had called off the protest that was going on in Darjeeling for 105 days, demanding a separate statehood for the Gorkhas. Six AK-47 rifles, a nine-mm pistol, almost 500 rounds of cartridges, explosives and bombs were recovered from the spot later. A large cache of arms and ammunition, including assault rifles and over 1,000 detonators and gelatin sticks, were recovered from the encounter site around 27km from Darjeeling town.Gurung managed to escape but police have launched a manhunt for him. The ADG also said that Bimal Gurung is believed to purchase weapons from these rebel groups. "But we would make sacrifice and we would not let their blue-print succeed". It is due to her mishandling of the situation that incidents of violence are taking place. Over a specific information that he had returned to Darjelling, the police raided the Takvar area near Patlibash.
Early on Friday, police raided the area.
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State tourism minister Goutam Deb said, "We strongly condemn such an attack on the police". The GJM chief has vowed that the shutdown in the hills would continue indefinitely.
Directly implicating Gurung for the death of the cop, Sharma said, "It all happened under Bimal Gurung's leadership" but also conceded that the heavy and sudden firepower caused casualties among the police contingent. Those who have been booked on charges of the UAPA will be prosecuted. Earlier a home guard had died of injuries sustained in a low intensity blast near Kalimpong police station.