A young was allegedly shot dead by the police in Darjeeling’s Mirik town the previous evening after a clash between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters spun out of control.
While the Morcha claims the youth was one of its supporters and fired at by the police, Media’s inquiries to top police officials were unanswered.
Tourism minister Gautam Deb, who is Trinamool’s Darjeeling district chief, has, however, denied reports of police firing.
Eyewitnesses say TMC and Morcha’s activists clashed last night in Mirik. Morcha supporters then gathered at the police headquarters requesting the release of a youngster who was arrested amid the clashes.
Police vehicles were set on fire. The police lathi-charged, used teargas to disperse the group before opening fire that killed one individual, Morcha activists claim.
Meanwhile, in Darjeeling, Morcha supporters are protesting outside the district magistrate’s office. Among their many requests is the restoration of web in the hills.