Darjeeling (WB): A policeman was killed and several police personnel were injured on Friday in clashes with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters loyal to party supremo Bimal Gurung at a forest in the Darjeeling hills.
Police ASI Amitavo Mallick lost his life in clashes between the police and GJM supporters in Darjeeling's Takvar, reported ANI.
Police recovered 6 AK-47 rifles, 19 mm pistol, ammunition, bombs and bomb making material, according to West Bengal ADG Law and Order, Anuj Sharma.
"We have specific information that Bimal Gurung (GJM President) had instructed his cadres to attack police personnel," Sharma added.
Sharma also said they have received information that Bimal Gurung has links with North-East insurgent groups and Maoists.
Trouble started around 5 am when a police search party raided a hideout inside the forest near the Patlebas area, a stronghold of Gurung, the police said.
Acting on an information that Gurung was hiding in the area, the police conducted raids during which the GJM leader's supporters fired and pelted stones, they said, adding that the clashes are still on.
Gurung has been hiding since August after cases under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were registered against him for his alleged involvement in various bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas.