Police Continue To Look For Bimal Gurung

In the evening, Malik's neighbours and others took out a candlelight march in the area to mourn the death of the sub- inspector.

Few days back Gurung had told his supporters that he will appear before them on October 30.

The police had gone to the area looking for Gurung, following a specific information that the GJM supremo and those loyal to him were hiding there. We had sent them a letter earlier as well but they did not respond. "We feel ashamed of it", he said.

Chaturvedi said from the blood trail found at the spot, it seemed some of the GJM men also sustained injuries.

Restrictions have been imposed on entry to the village, a Gurung stronghold, and the police are conducting raids in the area.

The clashes went on for hours.

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

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One person has been arrested, said Chaturvedi, but refused to give out his identity. The camp was continuing for a couple of months, and Gurung himself used to stay there.

Accusing Gurung of having links with Maoists and northeast insurgent groups, Sharma said the beleaguered GJM leader wanted to disturb the peace process. Sharma said a cornered Gurung was trying to foment trouble in the hills again. Banerjee will also be present during the deliberations.

According to the Newspaper, However, we strongly oppose what the state government is doing in Darjeeling hills.

Darjeeling: In Darjeeling, at least four houses opposite the deserted home of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung were set on fire a little after midnight on Saturday. Bimal Gurung should not be allowed to divide the state.

Life came to a standstill for 104 days in Darjeeling and its neighbouring hills district Kalimpong after the GJM called an indefinite shutdown on June 12 to press for its demand for Gorkhaland.

The region's Nepali-speaking Gorkha community has always been holding protests demanding a separate Gorkhaland state within India to protect their Himalayan culture.

  • Megan Austin