GJM supporter killed in Darjeeling firing

July 25th, 2008 - 11:34 pm ICT by IANS  


Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) A woman was killed, allegedly in firing by Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) leader Dipak Gurung, when a group of rival Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) supporters were protesting outside his house Friday in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district. The police said the incident took place when a few GJM activists were protesting the Martyrs’ Day of Gorkhaland movement, observed by GNLF supporters for the past two decades.

“Pramila Chhetri, 31, was shot dead when someone allegedly opened fire on the GJM gathering from inside Gurung’s house,” West Bengal Inspector General (North) K.L Tamta told IANS.

He said after the incident, disgruntled GJM activists went on the rampage and torched Gurung’s house, as also three vehicles and a motorcycle belonging to other GNLF leaders.

“The situation is quite volatile. The people are observing a spontaneous shutdown to protest the firing. Shops and markets were also closed after the incident,” Tamta said.

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