"The GJM workers, who were armed, started firing".
The Additional Director General (law & order) of the state police, Anuj Sharma, has stated that police has information about the supremo of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Bimal Gurung, being linked with the Maoists and other North Eastern insurgent groups.
The hills, after much struggle and suffering had returned to peace just a few days back on 27 Sep and just as the people were trying to be relaxed that finally there is peace, another incident disturbed the people of Darjeeling, forcing them to live under the feeling of fear. They added that the clashes are still going on.
The ADG also said that half a dozen of AK-47 rifles were recovered from a factory near the place where the clash between the police and Gurung's supporters took place.
As the day wore on, the GJM activists torched a police vehicle.
Bimal Gurung, the leader of GJM, is wanted by the Bengal government over deadly clashes.
A senior police official said that most of loyalists of Bimal Gurung have deserted him and joined Binay Tamang, the new chairman of the Board of Administrators for Darjeeling hills.
"Since he is cornered in the region, he wants to disturb the process of peace and development in the area", he said.
Mr Gurung has been in hiding since August after cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were registered against him for his alleged involvement in several bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas.
GJM has been demanding a separate Gorkha state.
Life had come to a standstill for 104 days in Darjeeling and its neighbouring hills district Kalimpong for 104 days after the GJM called an indefinite shutdown on June 12 to press for Gorkhaland.
The Chief Minister is scheduled to attend the meeting at the state secretariat Nabanna.