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Won't let Darjeeling turn into Kashmir: Expelled GJM leader Tamang

Darjeeling not with Gurung and his politics of violence and bloodshed

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Bimal Gurung, Gorkhaland, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, GJM, Bimal Gurung, Darjeeling, West Bengal,
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung meets supporters in Darjeeling, West Bengal on Sunday. Photo: PTI

Expelled leader and Chairman of the Board of Administrators (BoA) for blamed party supremo Bimal for today's violence in the hills and said the people of the region "will not allow to turn into Kashmir".

A sub-inspector was shot dead and four policemen were injured in clashes allegedly with Gurung's supporters after the security forces raided a forest area near Patlebas in Darjeeling, where the chief was suspected to be hiding, early this morning.

is absconding since August after the government lodged cases against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his alleged involvement in several bomb blasts in and adjoining areas.

While a faction of the still supports Gurung, the faction which is being backed by the state government is led by Tamang.

"After so many days of an indefinite shutdown, the people are happy that peace is returning to the hills. It is really unfortunate that when peace and stability are returning, and his men are making desperate attempts to disturb them. Gurung is entirely responsible for today's violence," Tamang, who is here to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, told reporters at the airport.

"We will not allow Darjeeling to turn into The people of the hills are peace-loving, they are not with Gurung and his politics of violence and bloodshed. There should be a proper inquiry into the violence and the culprits should be booked," he said.

The police said the raids were on as it had intelligence inputs that Gurung was hiding near Patlebas, his stronghold.

It also claimed that the GJM supremo had links with the Maoists and insurgent groups in the north-east and that he had procured sophisticated arms from them.

First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 19:14 IST