Darjeeling violence: Three dead, toy station set on fire


Darjeeling: Nearly three people died in police gunfire that took place in Darjeeling on Saturday by GJM members. The reports stated that the Sonada toy train station was set ablaze in fresh clashes. But, the authorities stated that only one person lost live in violence.

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GJM group set Sonada station, local police station and a traffic police booth on fire following the death of Tashi Bhutia, a Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) follower on Friday.

The clash provoked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to plea for peace and conduct discussions with Darjeeling parties.

“Shun violence and allow the government to supply food and offer minimum services to the people of Darjeeling. This is my appeal. If you agree to my appeal, we can have a meeting in 10-15 days,” Mamata Banerjee stated.

Three people who lost their lives in attack by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) group in West Bengal has been identified as Tashi Bhutia, Suraj Sundas and Samir Gurung.

“Samir was shot in the head when he was on his way to pay his last respects to Sundas, who was killed in Darjeeling around noon.”

Gurung was probably shot by CRPF personnel,” Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha President Prakash Gurung stated.

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The protest started in the starting of June following Trinamool Congress government made Bengali a necessary subject for candidates in all schools in Darjeeling.