'Khukri Protest' by GJM turns violent; 2 policemen injured

'Khukri Protest' by GJM turns violent; 2 policemen injured”

"At least three Gorkhaland supporters were injured during the clash with police force and one of them, Ajay Chettri from Garidhura in Darjeeling, is sustaining bullet wounds as police opened fire on the protesters", a GJM leader told IBNS.

The GJM leadership has claimed that the police have resorted to firing which was denied by the district administration. The picturesque hill station had witnessed a 40-day bandh in 1988 by the Gorkha National Liberation Front and a 44-day shutdown in 2013 by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).

The GJM had on June 15 launched the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of West Bengal.

Gorkhaland agitators sprung a surprise on authorities when they clashed with police, not in Darjeeling hills, but down at Sukna, close to Siliguri town on Saturday after days of lull. In order to stop them, the police had to carry out a baton charge and use water cannons.

GJM's "khukri protest" turns violent; 2 policemen injured in Sukna.

Few police personnel and GJM activists were injured in the clashes.

On Saturday, a group of around 400 Gorkhaland supporters took out a rally brandishing khukuris, or traditional Gorkha knives, and were headed towards the plains breaching a police barricade.

Meanwhile, after consultations within the party supporting the Gorkhaland movement, the GJM said it will intensify the blockade if the Centre did nothing to address the issue.

Police has arrested one person in connection with the incident. "Not a single round was sacked", he said. A huge contingent of police and security forces has moved to the area to control the situation. Barring medicine shops, business establishments, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed.

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