Darjeeling: Pollice officer killed in clashes with GJM faction

Laura Christensen
October 16, 2017

Bimal Gurung, the leader of GJM, is wanted by the Bengal government over deadly clashes.

Amitava Malik Amitava MalikThe Opposition on Sunday blamed the state government for the death of sub-inspector (S-I) Amitabha Malik, who was killed in a gunfight between state police and alleged followers of GJM chief Bimal Gurung on Friday morning. They were rushed to a local hospital, where Malik succumbed to injuries. He was among those who had fled after the gunfire exchange between police and suspected supporters of Bimal Gurung in which one police inspector was killed. “We will not allow this to happen at any cost, even if we have to make sacrifices, ” he said. Intelligence sources say that Gurung is not being able to come to terms with the winds of change in his party.

Acting on a tip off, a strong police contingent on Thursday night started their operation to arrest Gurung who has been absconding for the last few months and reportedly hiding in Sikkim. The police recovered 6 AK 47 and some nine mm pistol and around 500 rounds of cartridges from the spot. "If I need to die, I will do so before the people", he had said.

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Around evening, the police found another large cache of arms and ammunition in Pedong of Kalimpong district.

Gurung has been on the run for quite some time, with the state police slapping cases under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, as also for waging war against the government and organising terrorist camps. "The law will take its own course", he warned.

This is the first such incident of violence after the 104-day long 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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