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Massive manhunt for Gurung in Darjeeling hills: Police

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.

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After West Bengal plea, Calcutta High Court stays withdrawal of central forces from Darjeeling

The orders of the withdrawal of central forces currently present in the hills came two days after a police sub-inspector was killed in clash between a police raid team and alleged supporters of the GJM party chief Bimal Gurung.

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Won’t allow Darjeeling to turn into Kashmir: Binay Tamang

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.

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Mamata Banerjee blames Centre for unrest in Darjeeling

In an apparent reference to the BJP, West Bengal Mamata Banerjee accused the saffron party of creating differences in the country.

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BJP delegation led by state president Dilip Ghosh chased and heckled in Darjeeling

Dilip Ghosh said he got no protection or help from police

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Gorkhaland agitation: Darjeeling limps back to normalcy as several shops open

For the fifth day in a row, the police along with the administration, appealed to the locals via public address systems to open shops and restore normalcy in the hills.

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Binay Tamang called bandh, I was not in favour: GJM Chief Bimal Gurung

“Binay Tamang should have raised the Gorkhaland issue. He is a traitor. Why demand the removal of cases (against GJM leaders)?” asked Gurung.

Second meeting on Gorkhaland: Mamata Banerjee orders probe into ‘police firing deaths’, says ready to compensate kin

Asserting that her government wants a “permanent solution” to the impasse in the Hills, Mamata exhorted the Hill parties to call off their indefinite strike and restore normalcy.

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Gorkhaland agitation: GJM Gurung faction meets Rajnath Singh, demands dialogue

A statement issued by the GJM after the meeting said that as CM Mamata Banerjee had said that the Gorkhaland issue was beyond state government’s purview, the leaders urged Singh to begin the process of tripartite talks.

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Six GJM leaders held in Sikkim, not allowed to be taken to Bengal

Sources said the victim has been identified as Dawa Tshering Bhutia, the driver of Dawa Lepcha — a former Gorkhaland Territorial Administration member from Pedong.

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Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwalia pitches for negotiated settlement on impasse

Ahluwalia also appealed to the West Bengal government to initiate the process for a dialogue to resolve the crisis. “The state government needs to exhaust all its options before seeking central intervention.”

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Darjeeling unrest: Rift in GJM over ending shutdown, Bimal Gurung removes party leader Binay Tamang

This comes 80 days after the GJM called an indefinite strike in the Hills over its demand of Gorkhaland and two days after the Hill parties, including a GJM delegation led by Tamang, met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.

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Bimal Gurung smells conspiracy ahead of talks with Bengal govt

The letter, written by GJM leader Binay Tamang to Chief Minister Banerjee, said, “No other alternative or modified step will do justice to our plight…other than creation of a separate Gorkhaland.”

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Gorkhaland Agitation: Hill parties prepare individually for talks with Bengal govt, GMCC cancels meeting

On August 22, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that a meeting would be held at 4 pm on August 29 at Nabanna, and invited all Hill parties that wanted “peace and normalcy” in the Hills to attend.

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Gorkhaland agitation: ‘Bomb blasts work of outsiders, Centre must step up border vigil’

Incidentally, the blasts in the Darjeeling hills have taken place in largely deserted areas, and no casualties have been reported so far.