Fresh violence, arson rock Darjeeling hills

Army personnel in Darjeeling yesterday. Pic/AFP
Army personnel in Darjeeling yesterday. Pic/AFP

Sporadic incidents of violence and arson rocked the northern West Bengal hills of Darjeeling on Sunday after a fresh flare-up in the region following a pro-Gorkhaland activist's death allegedly in police firing.

The agitators on Sunday set on fire the Sub-divisional office in Kurseong, resulting in the building getting partially burnt, state police said. The pro-Gorkhaland activists also torched the Pokhribing Panchayat office and vandalised a police outpost in Pokhari on Sunday.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters went on a rampage on Saturday and attacked a police outpost and government offices in the hills, accusing West Bengal state personnel of shooting one of their activists. While the police denied the allegations, the two prominent political parties in the hills - the GJM and the Gorkha National Liberation Front - claimed the deceased Tashi Bhutia was one of their active party members.

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With a 110-metre long national flag, Gorkhaland supporters yesterday marched in the national capital to reinforce their demand for a separate state and the immediate imposition of President’s Rule in West Bengal.

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