Police illegally entering house, torturing supporters, claims GJM chief

  • Police illegally entering house, torturing supporters, claims GJM chief

Police illegally entering house, torturing supporters, claims GJM chief

Earlier Saturday morning, the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state exploded with violence, turning Darjeeling into a battle zone as GJM supporters clashed with the police at Singhmari on the outskirts of the town that left several policemen and protesters injured.

Fresh clashes broke out between Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) supporters and security forces in Darjeeling, today. Police fired teargas shells and used batons to dispersethe crowd.

But GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang alleged that two supporters were gunned down by the police. She said the protesters were not following the directions of the court, which had passed an order that the bandh was illegal.

The latest unrest was triggered when local police carried out raids on the homes and offices of several members of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which is spearheading the separatist movement.

The GJM protest to demand a separate Gorkhaland is being countered by supporters of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress.

"We asked them to go back but they started throwing stones, bottles and petrol bombs".

He also said two GJM supporters were hit by bullets in Ghoom Bhanjyang where GJM had broken through police barricades.

After Bimal Gurung's office and other premises of GJM were raided in this latest round of agitation, the party leadership made a decision to revive the force to counter the alleged police atrocities.

At least four people were killed on Saturday when police allegedly opened fire at stone pelters in trouble-torn Darjeeling, but Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee denied reports of police firing and blamed a "foreign country and terror groups" for stoking fire in the Hills.

Also, a police vehicle was torched by the protesters.

Slamming Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for the ongoing turmoil in Darjeeling, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday called the situation "unfortunate" and asserted to give "tough message" to the miscreants. "Any negotiation can take place only after GJM withdraws a bandh", she said. The cash counter of a hydel power plant was set on fire in Rimbick.

Amidst the continuing violence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh telephoned the chief minister and discussed the situation prevailing there. The first incidents of violence were reported from the hills soon after Mamata Banerjee and her Cabinet were about to leave the Raj Bhawan in Darjeeling after their Cabinet meeting there. "We can not tolerate this hooliganism", Sharma said. There is an worldwide border and state border.

Amar Rai said his son has no political affiliations.

Vikram is the in-charge of the GJM's media cell.