Gorkhaland stir: Paramilitary jawan, GJM supporter die in fresh violence

"So many bombs and arms can not be gathered in a day", Banerjee told reporters, adding, "I am ready to sacrifice my life, but I will not allow Bengal to be divided".

The immediate provocation for the violence seemed to be an early-morning police raid on GJM leader Binay Tamang's house, two days after security forces broke into GJM president Bimal Gurung's Patlewas residence.

Internet services were down and according to the protesters, this was a ploy of the administration and the police to counter the Gorkhaland movement. Of them 19, including IRB assistant commandant Kiran Tamang, were critically wounded.

Refusing to get intimidated by the protesters, CM Banerjee on Monday said that she will not "bow down to threats".

Coming down heavily on the GJM violence, Banerjee said: "We have come to know from the police that there is a link (of GJM) with terrorists. I request them (insurgent groups) not to extend any support to the GJM", Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata.

India's internal affairs minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: "All concerned parties and stakeholders should resolve their differences and misunderstandings through dialogue in amicable environment".

Tamang also claimed Vikram Rai, son of party MLA Amar Rai, had been arrested. They shouted slogans in support of Gorkhaland and demanded that the police and security personnel be "removed immediately" from Darjeeling.

ADG (law and order) Anuj Sharma, however, denied the allegation and said the police did not open fire. "On Saturday, a policeman was injured in the forehead just below his helmet, probably due to a well-aimed missile from a catapult", an officer said.At Singmari on Saturday, the demonstrators resorted to stone pelting from a height and used the bends and rocks to their advantage before the policemen chose to fire tear gas shells.

As the violence escalated sharply on Saturday, a man died in clashes as protesters torched cars and set upon police with knives, who responded with tear gas and baton charges.

"Police had not fired".

Almost 50 people, mostly police, have been injured in riots and arson attacks that have rattled the picturesque hill station for more than a week and caused thousands of mostly Indian tourists to pack their bags and flee.

It may be recalled that the Army has already been called to take control of the situation. A senior police official said, "No one has been given permission to hold a rally in the hills".

After Saturday's violent clash between security forces and the agitators, GJM chief Bimal Gurung termed the three activists as "the martyrs of Gorkhaland movement" and urged Gorkhas to give out a befitting reply.

The state government will hold an all party meeting in Siliguri on June 22 for peace in the hills.

BJP state women's wing president Roopa Ganguly also raised her pitch against the Trinamool government saying the unrest in the hills was due to Banerjee.

After Saturday's violence, the ongoing shutdown in the hills has become even more pronounced.

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