Vi­o­lence in Dar­jeel­ing

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Fresh vi­o­lence erupted in Dar­jeel­ing yes­ter­day af­ter a separatist group ac­cused po­lice of killing a sup­porter, prompt­ing forces to fire tear gas as the In­dian hill re­sort reels from weeks-long un­rest. Bouts of clashes and ar­son at­tacks have rat­tled the pic­turesque hill sta­tion for more than three weeks, caus­ing schools and shops to shut down as thou­sands of mostly In­dian tourists pack their bags and flee. The Gorkha Jan­mukti Mor­cha (GJM) - a move­ment that has long called for a sep­a­rate state for eth­nic Gorkhas in West Ben­gal-ac­cused po­lice of shoot­ing dead 31year-old Tashi Bhutia late Fri­day. “(He) was shot dead by po­lice at Son­ada on the out­skirts of Dar­jeel­ing town when he was re­turn­ing home from a medicine shop,” GJM’s gen­eral sec­re­tary Roshan Giri said. But au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing West Ben­gal tourism min­is­ter Gau­tam Dev, have de­nied GJM’s lat­est al­le­ga­tion, say­ing they were un­aware of any death and that “po­lice did not open fire”.

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