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GJM supporters clash with police in W Bengal, SI killed


Kolkata : A sub-inspector of police was gunned down and two security personnel were injured when the supporters of Gorkha Janamukti Morch (GJM) president Bimal Gurung allegedly fired at them near Singla Bastee near the West Bengal and Sikkim border on Friday morning.

Acting on a tip off, a strong police contingent on Thursday night started their operation to arrest Gurung who has been absconding for the last few months and reportedly hiding in Sikkim.

Bimal Gurung has been booked by the state police for his alleged involvement in some subversive activities in the Darjeeling hills.

When the police contingent reached Singla Bustee, the supporters of Bimal Gurung suddenly started firing at the police team. As a result Amitabha Malik, a sub-inspector of police was killed on the spot and two of his colleagues received severe bullet injuries.

The injured police personnel have been admitted to hospital.

Inspector General of law and order, West Bengal police Anuj Sharma said that Gurung and his associates fled during the police operation.

One GJM supporter, who was injured in the operation, was arrested by the police. The police recovered 6 AK 47 and some nine mm pistol and around 500 rounds of cartridges from the spot.

Anuj Sharma alleged that Gurung along with extremists of north estates were involved in the subversive activities in Darjeeling.

A senior police official said that most of loyalists of Bimal Gurung have deserted him and joined Binay Tamang, the new chairman of the Board of Administrators for Darjeeling hills.

On the other side people of Darjeeling hills who have been frustrated for the three months bandh in the hills called by Gurung, started supporting Binay Tamang. As a last resort, the police official said Bimal Gurung was now trying to create panic in the hills in order to capture his base in the hills.