Darjeeling unrest: GJM alleges their supporter was shot dead by police in Sonada

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has alleged that its supporter Tashi Bhutia was shot dead in Sonada, on the outskirts of Darjeeling, by police on Friday night at about 11 pm, CNN-News18 reported.

The GJM had on Monday asked the central government to initiate a dialogue on the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland, saying the current agitation was not a mere law and order problem.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Earlier on 17 June, the GJM had claimed that three of its supporters were killed in police firing during the protests that hit the hills of north Bengal. GJM had accused the police of opening fire on protesters near St Joseph's College located in Singmari, and in Ghoom, after the army was deployed due to increasing violence and stone pelting instances, The Times of India had reported.

The state administration, however, had rejected GJM's claim, and had stated that the police never opened fire on any of their supporters. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had on 18 June criticised the GJM, blaming them for the unrest.

All parties of Darjeeling hills on Thursday had decided to continue with the indefinite shutdown. Rallies and protest marches were taken out in various parts of Darjeeling in support of the demand for a separate state.

There have been several incidents of violence in the picturesque town during the strike, which started after the state government had said that Bengali would be a compulsory subject in the schools in the hills.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 09:31 AM

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