Gurung has links with NE insurgent groups: WB Police

Clashes in Darjeeling between police and GJM workers. PTI

Malik was killed and four other policemen were seriously injured when GJM supporters, loyal to Gurung, allegedly fired at a police team in a forest area in Darjeeling district on Friday.

The Additional Director General (law & order) of the state police, Anuj Sharma, has stated that police has information about the supremo of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Bimal Gurung, being linked with the Maoists and other North Eastern insurgent groups.

Sub-Inspector Amitava Malik was fatally shot in a forested area close to Gurung's residence at Patlebas.

The police claimed that the houses were set ablaze by Gurung's supporters to wipe out evidence. "We came here around 3 am and found our house gutted", he said.

The GJM leader was in hiding in neighbouring Sikkim and had tried to enter the Darjeeling hills today, Sharma said, adding that he was now trying to get back to Sikkim. We have recovered six AK-47 assault rifles, one 9 mm pistol, 500 rounds of ammunition and bombs from the place where a police party was ambushed by his group near Darjeeling today, ” Sharma told reporters here. "Several police vehicles passed through the area but none stopped to help", said a member of the Gurung-led GJM faction.

According to reports, assistant Sub-Inspector Amitabh Mallik died of bullet injuries in an early morning operation at a hideout of GJM president Bimal Gurung. Thulung is wanted by Darjeeling Police and Assam Police in an arms case.

"Whatever has happened in the hills is regrettable".

The shutdown was lifted on September 27, hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to the GJM to call off the over three-month-long strike and invited them for talks to find an amicable solution to the issue. The GJM has been at the forefront of the Gorkhaland movement, demanding that a separate State be carved out from the Darjeeling hills.

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