Police officer killed, four hurt in Darjeeling gunfight
Police said shootout followed a pre-dawn raid on a forest hideout
One police officer was killed and four others were injured yesterday in a gunfight with suspected separatists in Darjeeling, the famous tea-growing region of eastern India that has been roiled by protests in recent months.
Police said the shootout followed a pre-dawn raid on a forest hideout used by members of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), a regional party agitating for a separate state for the Gorkha ethnic minority.
They were searching for the head of the party Bimal Gurung, who has been on the run since government prosecutors brought terrorism charges against him over a 104day protest that crippled the region and left nearly a dozen people dead.