A fresh FIR was lodged against him earlier this month for his alleged involvement in the death of a police sub-inspector, who was killed during an exchange of fire with alleged Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters on October 13.
Besides Gurung, the order names GJM convener and his wife Asha Gurung, secretary Roshan Giri, GJM leaders Prakash Gurung President, Amrit Yonzon general Secretary of the Yuva Morcha and Ashok Chettri
Malik (30) and four other policemen were injured in an exchange of fire between police and alleged supporters of Gurung on Friday. They were rushed to a local hospital, where Malik succumbed to his injuries
The police are yet to ascertain the cause of fire. “We are not ruling out the fact that it may be an attempt to destroy evidence of wrongdoing. A team of forensic experts have visited the site,” a senior police officer said.
The police claimed that the houses were set ablaze by Gurung’s supporters to wipe out evidence. The Gurung supporters, on the other hand, claimed it was the handiwork of the GJM faction loyal to Binay Tamang.
A police team had reached the Sirubari area in Darjeeling in search of GJM Chief Bimal Gurung this morning and came under sudden fire by Gurung’s followers from the adjoining dense forests which resulted in the death of Sub-inspector Amitava Malik.
Gurung is absconding since August after the West Bengal government lodged cases against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his alleged involvement in several bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas.
According to the police, raids were conducted at Patlaybas (residence of Gurung) and surrounding areas based on information from sources.
Sources said that during the meetings, Thapa urged GJM leaders and councillors to support Tamang and the GTA.
Municipal polls were held in the Hills in May with the GJM sweeping Kalimpong with 19 seats. Trinamool Congress managed to win only two.
Following this, state Tourism Minister Gautam Deb had in September alleged that the Sikkim Police allowed Gurung to flee. Since the start of a fresh stir over the demand for Gorkhaland, Sikkim CM Pawan Kumar Chamling had been backing the movement.
Gurung was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in August for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in the Darjeeling hills. He is on the run since.
BJP is the first party to send its delegation to the Hills, following the withdrawal of the indefinite shutdown over the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
Expelled Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Binay Tamang said that normalcy was returning in the hills. Tamang is one of the key GJM leaders who had represented the party in two rounds of dialogues with state government to discuss the Darjeeling issue.
“Binay Tamang should have raised the Gorkhaland issue. He is a traitor. Why demand the removal of cases (against GJM leaders)?” asked Gurung.
Aside from Bimal Gurung and Asha, the warrant was issued against Prakash Gurung, Roshan Giri, Amrit Yonzon, Ashok Chettri, D K Pradhan and Tilak Roka, CID officials said.