Gorkhaland supporter killed in 'police firing', Darjeeling shutdown enters 34th day

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Luglio 19, 2017

A 38-year-old Gorkhaland supporter was allegedly shot dead by police in Mirik, a tourist town around 50 kilometers from Darjeeling, during a demonstration on late Monday, claimed Gorkha Janmukti Morcha members of Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses say TMC and Morcha's activists clashed last evening in Mirik.

The situation in the Hills was aggravating with every passing day as the Army was called in last night following rampant violence indulged in by the suspected Gorkhaland activists at Mirikas one person was killed in alleged police firing.

GJM supporters take out a mass rally to demand for separate state "Gorkhaland" during a protest in Mirik near Darjeeling. Other government buildings were also subsequently vandalised.

At the fifth all-party meeting held at Tailor Hall of Scottish Universities Mission Institution (SUMI) School in Kalimpong on Tuesday, the parties formed two representative teams for lobbying in the power corridors of West Bengal and Sikkim. "We have also decided that if we get an appointment, we will meet West Bengal governor and complain about the violation of human rights by the state police", he said.

The next meeting of the coordination committee would be held in New Delhi on August 1. He also urged other pro-Gorkhaland parties to meet their respective national alliance party and their MP to put pressure on the New Delhi. "We will meet Union ministers after the meeting and press for our demand for Gorkhaland", he said. "All major decisions regarding a future course of action will be taken in Delhi", added Zimba.

Pal yesterday had controversially shouted at three GJM MLAs, asking them to "go back to Darjeeling" when they were in the state assembly to cast their votes for the presidential election.

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

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