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Clash in Darjeeling, sub-inspector shot dead

By Team Pardaphash 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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