A series of raids took place at GJM chief Bimal Gurung house today. From Gurung's house, police found a huge amount of weapons.The Gorkha separatist campaign in the hills of Darjeeling spiraled deeper into violence today as protesters and riot police hurled stones at each other.
The demand by the GJM for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of the Darjeeling hills of West Bengal state is fast turning into a major political crisis for chief minister Mamata Banerjee, and is likely to cripple the critical tourist industry during the peak summer season.
'The present situation in the hills is created by the state government. They want to suppress us using huge police force', GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri said. He said the Centre and the state government should solve the 'political problem'.
Earlier today, police recovered more than 300 weapons, including arrows and explosives in raids on premises connected with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung, sparking a call by the separatist group for an indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling hills.
Police said some party activists also were arrested today in the raids in Singmari and Patlebas areas of Darjeeling.