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Darjeeling unrest: GJM takes out rally with body of activist

Security personnel in large numbers were deployed in the hill district of West Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Darjeeling 

Security personnel fire tear gas during a protest by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists in Darjeeling, West Bengal.
Security personnel fire tear gas during a protest by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists in Darjeeling, West Bengal.

remained on the edge on Sunday as thousands of protesters assembled at the central Chowkbazar carrying the body of a activist, who was killed during clashes with police and raised slogans demanding a separate state of

Security personnel in large numbers were deployed in the hill district of West Bengal after widespread clashes between (GJM) activists and the police were witnessed on Saturday.

The protesters, also carrying black flags and the Tricolour, assembled at the Chowkbazar. They shouted slogans demanding that the police and security personnel be "immediately removed" from

"We think the police and security personnel should be immediately removed from to create a conducive environment for talks. The government should allow us to carry out peaceful and democratic agitation," MLA Amar Rai of the told reporters in

The has claimed that two of their supporters were shot dead by police in Singmari yesterday. The police rejected the allegations of firing by its personnel, and said one person was killed during the clashes.

This was the first death since violent protests returned to on June 8, after a gap of a few years.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday said that the ongoing agitation in hills was a "deep-rooted conspiracy" supported by the insurgent groups of the Northeast and some foreign countries.

The had rubbished the allegation made by Banerjee, saying that she was trying to malign the fighting for their identity.

The police, who have been on high alert after yesterday's violence and arson, conducted route marches with the Army in several parts of the hills.

Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the government and GTA offices, and various entry-exit points of the hills. Several woman police personnel have also been deployed.

First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 14:20 IST
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