Darjeeling: Darjeeling is bracing for another shutdown as the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leadership has made a decision to hold a protest rally with the bodies of two persons allegedly killed during Saturday's clashes.
Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) officer Kiran Tamang, who was seriously injured on the back after protestors attacked him with khukuri on Saturday morning, is stable and recovering on Sunday morning after being operated on Saturday night, the private hospital administration in Siliguri confirmed.
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said we have a link with north-east based terrorists group, which is totally wrong. He is not dead". "I have requested that they should not extend any support in Darjeeling", she said.
Meanwhile, the GJM claimed two of its supporters were killed and five critically injured in police firing.
Additional Director General (Law & Order) Anuj Sharma and Banerjee denied charges of police firing on protesters. The torching of the vehicles of the media house was a part of conspiracy hatched by the Bengal police to blame the GJM, he alleged. "We can not tolerate this hooliganism", said Additional Director General (Law & Order) Anuj Sharma.
The area virtually turned into a battlefield as protests marked the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's (GJM) indefinite shutdown which entered the sixth day. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the second time in two days and appealed to the protesters not to resort to violence and come forward for a dialogue to resolve any issue.
The GJM, an ally of the BJP, has refused to talk to the state government and insisted on tripartite negotiations on statehood.
Terming the situation "very very volatile", GJM leader Amar Singh Rai claimed that a separate state of Gorkhaland is the biggest priority for them and rebuffed any possibility of discussions with the Bengal government. As the member of the National Federation for New States (NFNS), we express our support and solidarity towards the Gorkha peoples movement for Gorkhaland, Boro said.
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The GJM carried out a silent rally with the coffins of four protesters, who were killed during clashes with the police.
He also took stock of the situation in Kashmir, where militants ambushed a police party on the outskirts of Anantnag district of South Kashmir today, killing six policemen.
"I would not able to comment "yes" (it should be created), "no" (should not be), because I do not know what the ground situation is".
"Morcha supporters are exploiting the locational advantage and attacking the police".
GJM chief Bimal Gurung said: "Gorkhas are facing a lot of torture".
Mamata today referred to the possible involvement of insurgent groups from the Northeast and some foreign countries behind the trouble in Darjeeling.
"I want peace to be restored in the hills", Banerjee said adding that Tourism Minister Goutam Deb and PWD Minister Arup Biswas will take full care of the hills.