A major fire broke out on Sunday morning in fugitive GJM chief Bimal Gurung's village at Patlebas in the restive Darjeeling hills, destroying several houses, many of which belonged to his loyalists, police said.
Oct 13, 2017-One Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporter and a police sub-inspector were killed on Friday after violent clashes erupted between the GJM and the West Bengal police in Darjeeling hills, India on Friday, media reports said. 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.
The GJM claimed three of its supporters were also killed in police firing. "We came here around 3 am and found our house gutted", he said.
Sharma said, during the clashes, Gurung and his close associates fled to the neighbouring state of Sikkim.
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He said the police had gathered information of Gurung's links with Maoists and other rebel groups in the North East.
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. "If I need to die, I will do so before the people", he had said. Thulung is wanted by Darjeeling Police and Assam Police in an arms case. The protests ended on September 27 when the GJM agreed to hold talks with the state government.
Tamang has been made the chairman of Board of Administrators of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration by the state's Mamata Banerjee government. Bimal Gurung should not be allowed to divide the state.
State Tourism Minister Gautam Deb alleged that some miscreants were trying to spark trouble in the hills. The GJM has been at the forefront of the Gorkhaland movement, demanding that a separate State be carved out from the Darjeeling hills.