West Bengal BJP holds Mamata Banerjee govt responsible for Darjeeling cop's death in recent violence

Kolkata: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Saturday held the Mamata Banerjee government responsible for the death of sub-inspector Amitabha Malik, alleging that it had sent police personnel "who were not properly trained" to capture GJM chief Bimal Gurung.

Ruling Trinamool Congress hit back saying Ghosh should refrain from "speaking in support of" the "anti-nationals" who killed the police officer.

Trinamool Congress is the second largest Opposition party. Reuters file image

Representational image. Reuters

Malik was killed and four other policemen were seriously injured after alleged Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters, owing allegiance to its chief Bimal Gurung, fired at a police team in a forest area near Darjeeling on Friday.

"The state government is responsible for the sub-inspector's death. It is sending police personnel who do not have proper training to capture Gurung," Ghosh said.

He alleged that the TMC had earlier "used" Gurung and now it wanted to eliminate him to make way for expelled GJM leader Binay Tamang, who was made chairman of the Board of Administrators for the Darjeeling hills by the state government.

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee accused Ghosh of giving provocative speech and said those who killed the sub-inspector and those supporting them are "anti-nationals".

Chatterjee said the state BJP chief was speaking in support of those who had killed the police officer. "We feel ashamed of it," he said.

Updated Date: Oct 14, 2017 20:59 PM

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