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2 GJM supporters 'killed' as police allegedly open fire on agitators in Darjeeling

 Darjeeling, June 17 : The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders claimed that two of their supporters were killed on Saturday as police opened fire on them.

 

The deceased have been identified by the GJM as Bimal Shankar and Sunil Rai.

 

Indefinite strike has hit normal life in Darjeeling for the past six days.

 

GJM supporters on Saturday morning held four rallies in Darjeeling hills.

 

Strike supporters engaged in a clash with police force at Singmari and Lebong areas.

 

GJM activists torched several police vehicles.

 

 

 Several policeman and strikers were injured in the clash.

  

ADG (law & order) of WBP, Anuj Sharma, told IBNS: "One Morcha supporters was killed during the clash. But police did not open fire on protesters today. We are investigating how the agitator was killed."

 

"GJM attacked police today at several areas. They threw bricks, stones, glass bottles, crude bombs and petrol bombs aiming at police force. We also have reports that they fired bullets aiming at security personnel," Sharma said.

 

A senior police official told IBNS, "One assistant commandant of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), Kiran Tamang, was stabbed with a sharp weapon during GJM's attack at Singmari police outpost and he is being currently under treatment in a Siliguri hospital.

 

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said police did not fire a single round on Saturday.

 

CM Mamata Banerjee said, "This is a terrorist movement. We have information that Darjeeling attackers have connections with NE terror groups. Few other countries are also influencing and indulging the insurgency. Police did not fired a single round bullet today."

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