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Gunfight in India's Darjeeling kills police officer

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Gunfight in India's Darjeeling kills police officer

The GJM cadres resisted the police advance resulting in violent clashes.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to attend the meeting at the state secretariat Nabanna.

Gurung was now trying to get back to Sikkim, he said.

Meanwhile Chairman of the Board of Administrators (BOA) for Darjeeling Binay Tamang, who came to Nabanna along with another member of BOA Anit Thapa to meet Mamata blamed Gurung for today's violence in the hills and said the people of the region "will not allow Darjeeling to turn into Kashmir".

Tensions flared in the picturesque hill station of Darjeeling in West Bengal in June when the state government announced it was making the Bengali language mandatory in state schools. Over a specific information that he had returned to Darjelling, the police raided the Takvar area near Patlibash.

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Gurung, the GJM leader, has been in hiding since August after cases under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were registered against him for his alleged involvement in various bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas, reported PTI.

The Additional Director General (law & order) of the state police, Anuj Sharma, has stated that police has information about the supremo of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Bimal Gurung, being linked with the Maoists and other North Eastern insurgent groups. They had to face a horde of Gurung's supporters, who fired at the police and managed to kill Sub Inspector Amitabh Mullick along with injuring two other officials.

“He has procured arms from them.

The shutdown was lifted on September 27, hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to the GJM to call off the over three-month-long strike and invited them for talks to find an amicable solution to the issue. Later, police recovered six AK 47 rifles, a pistol, and 500 rounds of cartridges and explosives from the spot, he said.

While Mr Giri is believed to be in Delhi, Bimal Gurung, police say, fled to Sikkim after this morning's operation.

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