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Featured Image: GJM and security personnel face to face, and a GJM cadre (right) allegedly killed in police firing. Both photographs have been sent by GJM assistant general secretary Binay Tamang. 

By A Newsman

Siliguri, 17 June: MASSIVE violence has erupted in Darjeeling with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists clashing with security personnel at Singmari and Ghoom on the outskirts of the hill town.

GJM assistant general secretary Binay Tamang claimed that two of their supporters have died after being shot at by police at Singmari and five have suffered bullet injuries at Singmari and Ghoom, which about 10 km ahead of Darjeeling town. The administration has denied that police fired any bullets at GJM cadres and has not yet confirmed if anyone has died of bullet injury.

Security forces run for cover to evade attack from GJM cadres at Singmari in Darjeeling on Saturday.
Security forces run for cover to evade attack from GJM cadres at Singmari in Darjeeling on Saturday.

Trouble broke out around noon after GJM cadres in large numbers took out a rally from Singmari and tried to march towards their party headquarters at Patleybas by breaking security barricade. Police had sealed the office on 15 June after sharp arms, weapons, and huge money were found there.

The rally today was organised to protest the raid on Binay Tamang’s house at Bloomfield Dali near Darjeeling police headquarters in the wee hours today and the near three-hour detention of  Viram Rai, a media executive of the semi-autonomous Gorkhalad Territorial Administration (GTA) since 3 am today. Rai is the son of GJM Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai.

A security personnel firing in the air to contain violent GJM workers at Singmari in Darjeeling on Saturday.
A security personnel firing in the air to contain violent GJM workers at Singmari in Darjeeling on Saturday.

Right now, GJM activists are clashing with police at Singmari and Ghoom by pelting stones, bricks, glass bottles, and petrol bombs. They have torched several police vehicles. To contain the violence, police and CRPF personnel are carrying out lathi-charge and firing teargas shells at Singmari and Ghoom.

An assistant commandant of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) Kiran Tamang has been critically after being stabbed in the back by GJM cadres with a khukri (machete) at Singmari. Tamang is now battling for life at a private hospital in Siliguiri, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told news persons in Kolkata.

Initially, both the CM and the Darjeeling SP Akhilesh Chaturvedi had said that Tamang had succumbed to the injuries.

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