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.
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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.
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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.