Sub-Inspector killed in fresh fighting between government forces and

Will scenes like this return in the north Bengal hills again that’s the question after Friday’s clashes between the police and GJM supporters

Will scenes like this return in the north Bengal hills again that’s the question after Friday’s clashes between the police and GJM supporters

"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.

The rebel GJM leader did not dispel West Bengal police's suspicion that Gurung has close links with the Maoists and insurgent groups in the Northeast.

"He has procured arms from them".

The hills, after much struggle and suffering had returned to peace just a few days back on 27 Sep and just as the people were trying to be relaxed that finally there is peace, another incident disturbed the people of Darjeeling, forcing them to live under the feeling of fear.

"We have specific information that Bimal Gurung (GJM President) had instructed his cadres to attack police personnel", Sharma added. They had to face a horde of Gurung's supporters, who fired at the police and managed to kill Sub Inspector Amitabh Mullick along with injuring two other officials.

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Police said the shootout followed a pre-dawn raid on a forest hideout used by members of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), a regional party agitating for a separate state for the Gorkha ethnic minority.

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

"We have always valued peace and we do not want Darjeeling hills to turn into another Jammu and Kashmir".

The West Bengal government will do all that is necessary to arrest Gurung, he added.

Gurung has been hiding since August after cases under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were registered against him for his alleged involvement in various bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas. GJM is an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

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