Kolkata: A sub-inspector was shot dead and several police officers got injured as violence erupted in Darjeeling on Friday after a prolonged period of lull with clashes breaking out between the police and the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha supporters.
According to Anuj Sharma, ADG (Law and Order), clashes broke out after police raided a forest to catch Bimal Gurung, the leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
Gurung, charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, is wanted by the Bengal government over multiple clashes and a 104-day shut down that crippled the Darjeeling region since June this year.
The GJM has been at the forefront of the Gorkhaland movement – demanding that a separate state be carved out from the Darjeeling hills.
“One sub-inspector, Amitabha Mullick, has been shot dead; and at least three others have been injured. A police vehicle has been set on fire. Operations are still on,” Sharma told presspersons at the State Secretariat this afternoon.
The clashes began inside a forest at Lapchey Bustee, about 20 km from Darjeeling town. Unconfirmed reports said a few more people could have died in the clashes.