Gurung has links with NE insurgent groups: WB Police

15 October, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Ora Austin
  • 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

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. Peace and stability had just started to restore in the region when on Friday morning the police, after getting the information from its sources that Bimal was hiding away in the forest area near Patlebas, raided the area and violence broke out. "He has no mass support and has told cadres to attack the police", the ADG said. "He is now trying to move to Sikkim again", said Sharma.

Last night, the police had conducted a raid in the Nimbu Basti area of Darjeeling to catch Bimal Gurung.

Police found huge amounts of arms and ammunitions including nine AK 47 rifles, a Berretta pistol, over 1,800 rounds of ammunition, 20 gelatine sticks and more than 1,000 detonators in Darjeeling.

While the bandh was lifted on September 27, the situation in Darjeeling hills remains tense with the police attempting to arrest the GJM president, who is facing several charges of inciting violence.

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Those who fired at the police should be given strict punishment, he said.

After cases under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were filed against him for his alleged involvement in various bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas, Gurung has gone into hiding. In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday, the GJMalleged that the Trinamool Congress Government in West Bengal was out to eliminate Bimal Gurung to end the statehood agitation and sought immediate Central intervention to convene a tripartite talk with invitation to Mr Gurung.

The GJM is an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

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