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Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Bimal Gurung's Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has links with terrorists: Mamata Banerjee

Bimal Gurung's Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has links with terrorists: Mamata Banerjee

Tamang's comment comes in the backdrop Banerjee's claim of "deep-rooted conspiracy" in Darjeeling Hills. So much of arms and ammunition couldn't have come in a single day.

For the second successive time this week miscreants struck at the dead of the night to vandalise and ablaze government properties around Darjeeling as the demand for a separate state continued to roil the hill station. "Once the strike is called off, we are ready for talks", she said.

Police said GJM supporters threw stones, bottles at government forces, who responded by using teargas and resorting to baton charging.

She said the GJM was being helped by some other countries too but did not elaborate. "We have got information that the GJM have connections with underground insurgent groups in the northeast". "She has apprised me of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling", he said. Many Darjeeling residents, including the people from the minority community, joined the march, demanding peace to be restored in the hills. Some police personnel and GJM activists were injured in the clash.

GJM leaders said Vikram Rai, son of GJM MLA Amar Rai, was "picked up" by the police from Darjeeling.

Earlier, the agitating GJM supporters on Friday torched a panchayat office at Mirik, a hydroelectric supply office at Lodhama in Darjeeling and a health centre in Rimbik-Lodhama. "Three of our comrades were killed and five were critically injured in police gunfire yesterday", GJM's general secretary Roshan Giri told AFP. "It is unfortunate. We hope to resist the vandalism in the hills with the people", Darjeeling district Trinamool president Goutam Deb, who is also the tourism minister of the state, told the media.

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

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is believed to have had a phone conversation with Mamta Banerjee to discuss the situation.

"Heads of these development boards have been asked to persuade their people to disassociate from the agitation and violence", the official said, "Once the number of agitators starts dwindling, the protest is bound to subside". "Fundamentally, we are in favour of small states, but each case differs", she said.

GJM leader Binay Tamang claimed that two of his party workers were killed when the police opened fire at a GJM procession in the hill town.

Massive protests in Darjeeling and sporadic incidents of violence in Kalimpong and Kurseong marked the GJM-called "black day" in the north Bengal hills on Sunday while its 12-hour strike in Dooars - foothills covering parts of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts - received lukewarm response.

The state government will hold an all party meeting in Siliguri on June 22 for peace in the hills.

The protests were triggered after raids were conducted on Gurung's house following his party's opposition over the state government's decision to make Bengali language mandatory in schools.

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