Published On: Sun, Jun 18th, 2017

2 die in Darjeeling violence

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2017_6$largeimg18_Sunday_2017_014657382Kolkata : Darjeeling turned into a war zone for a couple of hours today—sixth day of the indefinite bandh called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM)—with violent clashes between security forces and GJM supporters claiming the lives of at least two agitators.

Around 35 security personnel were injured, including an IRB officer seriously.

Army contingents were deployed to control the situation and they staged flag marches in various areas.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh telephoned the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and discussed the situation prevailing there.

The CM briefed the Home Minister about the steps being taken by the state government to maintain law and order and restore normalcy in the hill district, official sources said.

From an undisclosed location, GJM chief Bimal Gurung released a video footage passionately appealing to the people to come out of their homes to protest against police action.

Kiran Tamang, India Reserve Battalion (IRB) assistant commandant, was critically injured after being stabbed by miscreants. The CM claimed the police did not fire at GJM supporters.

It’s a conspiracy, says Mamata

  • It is a deep-rooted conspiracy. So many bombs and arms cannot be gathered in a day… There is a terrorist brain behind this vandalism. — Mamata Banerjee, WB Chief Minister

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