Darjeeling unrest LIVE updates: IRB commandant critically injured; GJM claims death of 2 supporters

Gorkhaland agitation live updates: The agitation in Darjeeling began after the West Bengal government announced making Bengali a mandatory language in schools. There have been reports of violent clashes between the security personnel, police and the protesters too.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2017 4:30 pm
Darjeeling, Gorkhaland agitation, gorkhaland protests, GJM, Gorkhaland, Gorkhaland agitation LIVE updates: GJM claims that two of its supporters are dead, five injured. (Ravik Bhattacharya)

Fresh clashes broke out in Darjeeling on Saturday as Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) protesters pelted stones at security personnel who retaliated by firing teargas shells. GJM claimed two of their cadres were killed in police firing. Meanwhile, one police officer was attacked with sharp weapons and is in a critical condition. The indefinite strike entered its sixth day today. Various areas in the hills saw pitched battle between GJM supporters and police. Four vehicles were torched. As police allegedly resorted to firing and lobbing tear gas shells after lathi charge, GJM workers hurled bombs and petrol bombs on policemen, apart from throwing stones.

The agitation in Darjeeling began after the West Bengal government announced making Bengali a mandatory language in schools.

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4.25 pm: Mahesh Gurung, a GJM supporter who was critically injured, has been succumbed to injuries, said Binay Tamang, GJM Asst General Secy: ANI

4.15 pm: Amid heightened tension in Darjeeling, the administration has deployed army troops in Singmari area.

3.33 pm: GJM chief said police illegally entered supporters’ house and tortured them and claimed that two of their supporters were killed by police while vowing to strengthen the movement: ANI

3.18 pm: It is sad that one assistant commandant is critically injured. We are shocked and sad. They are not listening to the court, which passed a verdict which said bandh is illegal: Mamata Banerjee said during a press conference.

3.15 pm: Reflecting on the ongoing situation, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said it is a deep rooted conspiracy, adding that these arms were not collected in a day and that they were collected over time: ANI

2.45 pm: Where did they get illegal arms & money from? Ready to talk to them, we cannot support violation of the Constitution: Mamata Banerjee

2.43 pm: 5 years you enjoyed, now when elections are coming you start violence because you have lost credentials: Mamata Banerjee

2.40 pm: They aren’t listening to the court also even after court passed order saying the bandh is illegal. Don’t know from where they get support: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

2.24 pm: An Assistant Commander of the Indian Reserve Battalion killed in clash with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists in Darjeeling, reported PTI, quoting IRB sources.

2.10 pm: GJM supporters started firing at police, set police vehicles on fire, 1 GJM supporter died due to firing by GJM supporters, according to ADG Law and Order. However, GJM claims that two of its supporters are dead, five injured.

2.03 pm: Military convoy deployed in Chowk Bazaar in Darjeeling.

1.56 pm: Security forces use rubber bullets as protests demanding separate state of Gorkhaland continue in West Bengal’s Darjeeling.

1.50 pm: Mamata Banerjee holds high level meeting with members of Darjeeling development boards, ADG Law and Order, DG Bengal Police, Chief Secretary and Home Secretary.

1.20 pm: 1 policeman injured and a police vehicle burnt by protesters as GJM’s protests over ‘Gorkhaland’ continue.

1.15 pm: Clash between protestors of the GJM’s Nari Morcha and West Bengal police continues. Violence broke out in Singmari as women of GJM’s Nari morcha took out an agitation in Singmari. The protest was a peaceful march with the women raised slogans for Gorkhaland. As the procession started towards Darjeeling, police forces deployed in the area started lathi-charging the women. They then tear gassed the procession.

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    TANMAY CHATTERJEE
    Jun 23, 2017 at 11:46 pm
    ONE MAN S WISH TO BECOME CM HAS GENERATED ALL THESE SUFFERINGS. IF THAT MAN IS ABLE HE CAN CONTEST TO BECOME CM OF WB . THAT IS ABILITY NOT THIS OF HOLDING EVERY BODY ON RANSOM.
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      D Mondal
      Jun 18, 2017 at 9:37 am
      Bengal already divided once then why again?
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        Sanjay Kumar
        Jun 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm
        The dictatorship mentality of Mamta to grab power of Dargeeling is the route cause of the present unrest. She tried with all her might to ruin the functionality of GTA. Mercylessly used force to crush the protesters who were pieceful initially. In reaction , the protesters became violent. When the situation was out of hand she called Army.
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          Gopal Das
          Jun 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm
          Among all the wrong doing, she did the right thing of imposing Bengali language as mother tongue in WB. These opportunist once allied with TMC to defeat Left Front. Now they are opposing TMC. But TMC is hard nut to crack. Let them suffer. Nothing but corruption politics. Once Sinbad Ghishing squandered Govt. Fund, did nothing for Darjeeling, now it is GJM came to play, trying to fish in troubled water, both side of the same coin. Now to win the sympathy of GOI, they are raising Indian national flag, tomorrow they will raise flag of Nepal and claim separate nation.
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            Rakesh Pandit
            Jun 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm
            Muslim appeaser Mamtha Banerji is a failure !!!! Bring president's rule in waste bhangar.
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              Michelle:Vedic:human
              Jun 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm
              This ruckus are created by filthy invaded christains and MUZZIES with their filthy chrislamist religion who have killed the maximum number of human beings on this planet,----Jai hind.
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                RITESS
                Jun 17, 2017 at 4:29 pm
                DAT WOMAN IS LYK KURRSE. LYK SNAKKE POIZON. SPREADING ALL WB PPL AND GORKHAZ. HI TYM KICKOUT KURRSE , PUT UNDER GOVERNERS RULE. IMMEDIATELY. WOMAN IS BUSY EATS AND SLEEPS WID D MULLAAZ.
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                  Antony
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm
                  Everything started with mamata tried to enforce Bengali language in schools where the population speaks gorkhali ! The same thing will happen when Modi tries to impose Hindi and north Indian culture and food on other states in south and east India. People will rise up and may even go for guerilla war to protect their iden y! So accept the diversity of India and leave each culture to follow its own that is the way forward for the country's unity.
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