Police Continue To Look For Bimal Gurung

Clashes Break Out Between Police and GJM Supporters in Darjeeling, 2 Dead

The police claimed that the houses were set ablaze by Gurung's supporters to wipe out evidence. The police, however, did not comment on this.

Locals said the houses opposite Bimal Gurung's house at Pathlevas, about 6 kilometers from Darjeeling town, belonged to supporters of the Gorkha leader.

By now, it is clear that Gurung has lost popular support in Darjeeling, said Anuj Sharma, additional director general of police (law and order). Weapons used to attack the police were procured from them.

According to reports, assistant Sub-Inspector Amitabh Mallik died of bullet injuries in an early morning operation at a hideout of GJM president Bimal Gurung.

The security forces were moving towards Patlebas after receiving specific inputs that GJM president Gurung was camping in the area.

"We told him that the centre must intervene as soon as possible, and call us for talks on all the pending issues, including Gorkhaland", he said.

Six assault rifles, 500 rounds of ammunition, pistol, gelatine sticks were recovered.




Gurung was in hiding in neighbouring Sikkim and had tried to enter Darjeeling hills today, Sharma said.

Expelled GJM leader and chairman of the Board of Administrators for Darjeeling hills, Binay Tamang, said Gurung was responsible for today's events.

Though Union home minister Rajnath Singh appealed to Gurung to withdraw the indefinite strike in Darjeeling, the Centre must now decide if it wants to involve a "fugitive" in the discussions, said an officer in Kolkata, asking not to be named.

The police are yet to ascertain the cause of fire.

Gurung has been on the run for quite some time, with the state police slapping cases under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, as also for waging war against the government and organising terrorist camps.

The GJM is an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

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