Darjeeling: The combing operation by police to nab Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung continued for the second consecutive day on Saturday in the forest areas near Darjeeling.
A sub-inspector was killed and four other policemen were injured on Friday during the search operation when alleged supporters of Gurung fired at them.
The GJM claimed three of its supporters were also killed in police firing. The police, however, did not comment on this.
A senior police official on Saturday said the situation in the hills was largely normal and the traffic movement smooth.
Gurung has been missing 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.
The exchange of fire on Friday was the first incident of violence after the 104-day-indefinite shutdown in the hills was called off on 26 September by Gurung following an appeal by Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
The GJM is an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Published Date: Oct 14, 2017 14:13 PM | Updated Date: Oct 14, 2017 14:13 PM