38-year-old killed in police firing, claim Gorkhaland supporters

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38-year-old killed in police firing, claim Gorkhaland supporters

Darjeeling: A youth was allegedly shot dead by the police in Darjeeling's Mirik town last night after a clash between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters spun out of control. In the earlier clash between the party and TMC at 6.30 pm, two TMC workers and one GJM worker was injured.

Activists said police fired on them when they gheraoed the Mirik police station demanding release of a Gorkhaland supporter who was detained following a clash between agitators and Trinamool supporters.

The GJM took out a rally with Tamangs body at Mirik. Police sources said the protesters were baton-charged and tear gas shells were lobbed at them.

Kolkata: The Gorkhaland Movement Co-ordination Committee met in Kalimpong town on Tuesday and made a decision to hold its next round of deliberations on 1 August in Delhi, taking the fight for a separate state for the Nepali speaking community in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts to the capital.

Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) on Tuesday chose to continue its strike against their demand of Gorkhaland.

Mamata Banerjee had urged the GJM to resolve their issues over talks at the all party meeting held in Siliguri.

"We will hold our next meeting on August 1 in New Delhi".

The Himalayan state has threatened to sue West Bengal government of Rs 60,000 crore for the losses it incurred due to Gorkhaland statehood agitation over the past 30 years.

"We don't instigate. You have seen we have sent our forces", Union Law and Justice and Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told media persons on the sidelines of a programme here.

In the meet they also condemned last night's Mirik violence.

The West Bengal police has briefed up security in the hill town to curb any violent incident.

Except pharmacy, all the other shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed.

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