Trouble began early on Saturday, in reaction to the arrest of the son of a Morcha MLA and police raid on a senior GJM leader’s house on Friday night. A vehicle of the electricity board was also set on fire at Gorubathan. GJM leaders however demanded a judicial probe into the death of their two supporters.Morcha supporters alleged that the police had ransacked his house and started pelting stones and hurling petrol bombs at the police. As violent protests for statehood in the Darjeeling Hills took an ugly turn on Saturday, with the police and supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) engaging in violent clashes, and one reported death, Union home minister Rajnath Singh called up West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to discussed the situation.Her remarks drew a derisive response from BJP chief Amit Shah, who said she saw “conspiracy in everything”. Law will take its own course.Seven Morcha supporters were arrested by the police.. If anything happens to any foreigner (tourist) it will bring bad name to the country.
What is happening is a deep-rooted conspiracy. Mr Banerjee claimed that the GJM has connections with terrorists and that firearms were collected and distributed among party workers to spread unrest just before the (GTA) election. Army personnel were seen busy with their area domination all through the day.“Five years you (GJM) enjoyed, now when elections are coming China O-Ring Kit you start violence because you have lost credibility,” Ms Banerjee said.In retaliation, the security personnel fired teargas shells and resorted to baton charge to disperse the mob.
They are doing this vandalism to save themselves. The agitation in Darjeeling was initially against the forced implementation of Bengali language in schools, but soon transformed into a renewed demand for a separate Gorkhaland. Reacting to Morcha’s claim that two of their supporters were killed in police firing, additional director general of police (law and order) Anuj Sharma said, “It was the Morcha’s people who fired. We cannot support vandalism,” she said.A police vehicle was also set on fire by protesters, authorities said. These arms were not collected in a day, they were collected over time,” Ms Banerjee said. “Many of their (GJM) leaders have been chargesheeted in the Madan Tamang murder case.”Ms Banerjee backed the police’s claims and said that GJM has fired and not the police. “We want judicial probe in the death due to police firing.“They are using the national flag for vandalism, which they cannot do. Later in the day the GJM called a 12-hour bandh in the plains at Doars where a large number of tourists have been staying after they cut short their stay in Darjeeling due to the unrest.303 bullets. They opened fire using .
Are we the enemies of India?” Morcha spokesperson and assistant general secretary, Binay Tamang, said. Several of our vehicles were set on fire, government property ransacked and as many as 35 police personnel were injured, including serious injury to Kiran Tamang, an India Reserve Battalion officer who was stabbed in the back with a traditional Gorkha knife.West Bengal also wrote to the Centre, seeking more forces to quell the current unrest in Darjeeling Hills.While the GJM claimed that two of its supporters were killed in Darjeeling’s Singmari when the police opened fire, an allegation denied by the police, the ADG police said that an officer had been stabbed by Morcha protesters and 19 of the 35 police officials injured were hospitalised.Ms Banerjee slammed the GJM for the ongoing unrest, while making oblique references to the BJP’s support of the protesters. Police did not fire rubber bullets or water cannons.Bimal Gurung’s GJM is an ally of the BJP in NDA. Published: Jun 18, 2017, 1:02 am IST Updated: Jun 18, 2017, 1:02 am IST Ms Banerjee slammed the GJM for the ongoing unrest, while making oblique references to the BJP’s support of the protesters.