WB child rights body issues fresh summons to Bimal Gurung

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

Police had raided the area to arrest absconding GJM supremo Bimal Gurung.

Congress and CPI (M) leaders today visited the house of slain police sub-inspector Amitabha Malik, who was killed in a firing allegedly by the supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung in Darjeeling.

Additional Director General of Police Siddhinath Gupta said the state police had asked its Sikkim counterpart to intimate them about anyone entering the Northeastern state from Bengal with injuries.

Police sources claimed Birmal Gurung's men set fire to the homes so as to destroy evidence. “We will not allow this to happen at any cost, even if we have to make sacrifices, ” he said.

Six AK-47 rifles, one 9mm pistol, 500 rounds of ammunition and bombs had been recovered from the spot, he added.

The security forces were moving towards Patlebas after receiving specific inputs that GJM president Gurung was camping in the area. "If I need to die, I will do so before the people", he had said.

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The ADG said a cornered Gurung, who has lost mass support in recent times, was trying to foment trouble in the hills.

According to him, intelligence reports suggest that Gurung has been in touch with Maoists and other North East-based insurgent groups. Thulung is wanted by Darjeeling Police and Assam Police in an arms case. The state government should go for tripartite talks to solve the Darjeeling issue.

Life had come to a standstill for 104 days in Darjeeling and its neighbouring hills district Kalimpong after the GJM called an indefinite shutdown on June 12 to press for Gorkhaland.

Significantly, the violence returned to the hills three days before a meeting called by the state government to find a solution to the Darjeeling issue.

Tamang on Friday met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat Nabanna.

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