Fresh clashes in Darjeeling between police & GJM protesters

As the violence escalated sharply on Saturday, a man died in clashes as protesters torched cars and set upon police with knives, who responded with tear gas and baton charges.

"It was the GJM activists who opened fire", he said.

An injured cop being taken to hospital following clashes between secuity forces and GJM supporters in Darjeeling on Saturday. Many others suffered injuries during the protests. As per the report, the commandant belonged to the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), and he had his throat slit when he attempted to prevent protesters from setting police vehicles on fire in front of the police outpost in Singmari. "Don't know from where they get support", she said.

Reacting to her statement, 51-year-old Gurung said: "The allegations are baseless, Mamata Banerjee is trying to mislead people".

"Development work will continue and there should be an end to this deep-rooted conspiracy in the hills". So many bombs and arms can not be gathered in a day. There is an global border and state border. GJM supporters are creating violence and attacking police. How can they throw bombs at the national flag? "So many bombs and arms can not be gathered in a day", Banerjee told reporters, adding, "I am ready to sacrifice my life, but I will not allow Bengal to be divided".

The immediate trigger for the June 17 protests, however, were alleged "police atrocities" on GJM workers, some of them women, arrested over the past few days. Angry GJM members lobbed petrol bombs and stones at the antiriot police personnel.

Thousands of protesters took out massive rallies on the streets in Darjeeling on Sunday amid tight security and army patrols to observe the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha's "black day" to protest the death of three Morcha activists in police firing.

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On Saturday, scenes across Darjeeling and nearby Ghoom resembled a battlefield with charred buses, police vehicles and scores of stones and mangled bottles strewn across the road. "They are entering our houses and harassing us. We are not interested in talks with Mamata Banerjee and her TMC government", he said.

A large contingent of police and paramilitary personnel was rushed to the spot under the command of the superintendent of police and other senior IPS officers.

But the GJM persisted with its agitation, and then called a shutdown, which has emptied the hills of tourists.

GJM leaders said Vikram Rai, son of GJM MLA Amar Rai, was "picked up" by the police from Darjeeling.

Vikram is the in-charge of the GJM's media cell.

After getting the news about the erupting violence in the state, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, met GJM general secretary, Roshan Giri, and BJP's Darjeeling lawmaker, SS Ahluwalia, to handle the condition. Thus, any clarification in this regard is not required. "The state government can talk to any government agency, but the government cannot bear hooliganism", she said.

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