ASI Killed In Clashes Between Police, Bimal Gurung's Supporters Over Gorkhaland Agitation

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The combing operation by police to nab Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung continued for the second consecutive day today in the forest areas near Darjeeling.

The GJM, that has been spearheading the revived movement of Gorkhaland in the hills, is now a divided house, with a section of activists remaining with GJM chief Gurung while another faction has shifted allegiance towards expelled party leader Binay Tamang. A large cache of arms and ammunition, including assault rifles and over 1,000 detonators and gelatin sticks, were recovered from the encounter site around 27km from Darjeeling town.Gurung managed to escape but police have launched a manhunt for him. "While Malik died of bullet injuries, three other policemen were also injured", Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Anuj Sharma told mediapersons.

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.

"We will not allow this to happen at any cost, even if we have to make sacrifices", he said. It is due to her mishandling of the situation that incidents of violence are taking place. ' According to him, the police went to catch the GJM chief when he tried to enter Darjeeling from Sikkim where he earlier took shelter.

Early on Friday, police raided the area. "We feel ashamed of it", he said.

Sharma also said they have received information that Bimal Gurung has links with North-East insurgent groups and Maoists. Those who have been booked on charges of the UAPA will be prosecuted. The police has evidence that he is behind the recent subversive activities in Darjeeling and that he is planning more. The slain SI's body was later brought to Siliguri.

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