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Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Police Continue To Look For Bimal Gurung

Police Continue To Look For Bimal Gurung

Police said that trouble started early morning around 5 am when a police search party raided a hideout inside the forest near the Patlebas area, a stronghold of Gurung.

When the police reached the camp deep inside a jungle, Gurung's armed guards opened fire killing Amitabha Malik, a young police officer. The police recovered 6 AK 47 and some nine mm pistol and around 500 rounds of cartridges from the spot.

The clash broke out when police was conducting raids at Tukvar near Patlaybas to arrest Gurung, who has been in hiding after being booked on several charges, including under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

A sub-inspector was killed and four policemen were injured today when alleged supporters of GJM chief Bimal Gurung fired at them at a forest area near here where Gurung was suspected to be hiding.

He said the police had gathered information of Gurung's links with Maoists and other rebel groups in the North East.

“He has procured arms from them.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has accused the Mamata Banerjee Government of hatching a "conspiracy" to eliminate GJP supremo Bimal Gurung.

The latest protests severely affected production of Darjeeling tea, regarded as some of the world's finest, as workers failed to turn out for the harvest.

The detained person has admitted that Gurung was holed up at the camp near the Sikkim-West Bengal border for over a month, Chaturvedi added.

State secretariat sources said that the DGP Surajit Kar Purokayastha would visit Darjeeling next week.

The Bengal BJP president alleged that the TMC had earlier "used" Gurung and now it wanted to eliminate him to make way for expelled GJM leader Binay Tamang, who was made chairman of the Board of Administrators for the Darjeeling hills by the state government.

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