Po­lice of­fi­cer killed, four hurt in Darjeeling gun­fight

Po­lice said shootout fol­lowed a pre-dawn raid on a for­est hide­out

Gulf News - - INDIA -

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.

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