DARJEELING POLICE has lodged a suo motu FIR against Bimal Gurung and others, days after the GJM chief’s alleged supporters clashed with the state police, resulting in the death of sub-inspector Amitava Malik. The police team was looking for Gurung, who is in hiding, when the clash had taken place on October 13.
Sources in the police said 20 people, including Gurung, have been named in the FIR that was lodged on Monday. They have been booked on charges including murder and arson. “A case has been lodged against Bimal Gurung and others for their involvement in violence, arson and killing of an on duty sub-inspector,” said an official an officer. This comes amid state DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha visiting Darjeeling to monitor the situation. Purkayastha on Monday went to the ‘Roy Villa’ on Lebong Cart Road in Darjeeling to collect details about the clash.
The villa faces the Tukvar forest, where the clash had taken place, said sources. “Everything is normal. Tourists are also coming. We want more tourists to come as the situation has become normal,” Purkayastha said. On Tuesday, a team of senior police officers visited Kalimpong to take stock of the situation there. Police said a platform has been erected within the premises of Siliguri Police Commissionerate in Malik’s memory.
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 clash broke out when police was conducting raids at Tukvar near Patlaybas to arrest Gurung, who has been in hiding after being booked on several charges, including under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.