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Bimal Gurung plans to enter Darjeeling before Oct 30: Intel

16 October 2017

The police, however, did not comment on this.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Chief Bimal Gurung, on 27 Sep had called off the protest that was going on in Darjeeling for 105 days, demanding a separate statehood for the Gorkhas.

Additional Director General of Police Siddhinath Gupta said the state police had asked its Sikkim counterpart to intimate them about anyone entering the Northeastern state from Bengal with injuries. "A police vehicle has been set on fire", Sharma told reporters at the State Secretariat.

“He has procured arms from them.

The ADG said a cornered Gurung, who has lost mass support in recent times, was trying to foment trouble in the hills.

Restrictions have been imposed on entry to the village, a Gurung stronghold, and police are conducting raids in the area.

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Later, police recovered nine AK 47 rifles, a Berretta pistol, a point 22 bore rifle, a musket, a radio manpack, over 1,800 rounds of ammunition, 20 gelatine sticks, more than 1,000 detonators, camping materials, a sophisticated binocular and batteries.

Though Union home minister Rajnath Singh appealed to Gurung to withdraw the indefinite strike in Darjeeling, the Centre must now decide if it wants to involve a "fugitive" in the discussions, said an officer in Kolkata, asking not to be named.

"We will not allow this to happen at any cost, even if we have to make sacrifices", he said.

The police are yet to ascertain the cause of fire.

According to the Newspaper, However, we strongly oppose what the state government is doing in Darjeeling hills.

Gurung has been on the run since August after the West Bengal government lodged cases against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his involvement in several bomb blasts in Darjeeling and adjoining areas. GJM is an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Bimal Gurung plans to enter Darjeeling before Oct 30: Intel