One civilian killed in Darjeeling clash

- Press Trust of India, DARJEELING (India)

Jun 18, 2017-

Darjeeling on Saturday witnessed widespread clashes between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists and police, killing a civilian and seriously injuring an India Reserve Battaliion (IRB) assistant commandant.

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

ADG (law and order) Anuj Sharma, however, denied the allegation and said the police did not open fire. “It was the GJM activists who opened fire,” he said.

One person was killed in the violence, he said. Many others suffered injuries during the protests. This was the first death since violent protests returned to Darjeeling on June 8, after a gap of a few years. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata that Assistant Commandant of the IRB’s 2nd Battalion Kiran Tamang was critically injured in the violence.

He has been admitted to a hospital, she said. Earlier, IRB sources said Tamang had been killed in the clash. Singmari area in Darjeeling turned into a battleground as GJM activists threw petrol bombs and stones at the anti-riot police personnel, who fired teargas shells and baton-charged to disperse the mob. The incident, in which several people were injured, prompted the administration to deploy Army contingents in the area. 

Published: 18-06-2017 10:12

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