Today Darjeeling violence reached a higher point as 2 supporters of Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJM) were killed at Singmari area. GJM leader Binay Tamang claimed that two of his party workers were killed when the police opened fire at the GJM procession in Singmari, an allegation which was hotly denied by the ADG of Police.
'It was the GJM activists who opened fire at the police and set police vehicles on fire. One GJM supporter died due to firing by GJM supporters,' ADG (law and order) Anuj Sharma said, asserting that the police did not open fire.
Backing up the ADG's statement, chief minister Mamata Banerjee also stated that the police has not fired on the Morcha workers and supporters. She claimed that the GJM had connections to terrorists and firearms were collected and distributed among the party workers to spread unrest just before the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) election.
'Five years you (GJM) enjoyed, now when elections are coming you start violence because you have lost credentials... What is happening is a deep-rooted conspiracy. These arms were not collected in a day, they were collected over time,' Mamata Banerjee told reporters at a press briefing.
SP Akhilesh Chaturvedi had claimed that IRB second battalion Assistant Commandant Kiran Tamang was killed after GJM supporters attacked him during the rally, but CM Mamata Banerjee dismissed the reports and clarified that Tamang was alive, but in critical condition.
She said that the state government was open to talks with the GJM but warned that violence was no way to resolve the issue.'We're ready to talk to them, but we cannot support violation of the Constitution,' the chief minister said.