Deep-rooted conspiracy behind Darjeeling violence: Mamata

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In Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that Assistant Commandant of the IRB's 2nd Battalion Kiran Tamang was critically injured in the violence.

Banerjee alleged the GJM had connections with insurgency groups in the North East.

"We have apprised the home minister of the prevailing situation in Darjeeling and the Mamata Banerjee government's attempts to impose Bengali in the district-based schools". The anti-Bengla agitation has now metamorphosed into a separate statehood movement, with GJM going back to its pre-2012 position.

The GJM wants a new state named Gorkhaland in the hill region, now part of the eastern West Bengal state.

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty, today upheld an earlier Calcutta High Court verdict that either a bandh or general strikes were illegal. Second, by sending more security forces to the hills to tackle the situation. State Security forces along with central police forces were deployed at Singamari and barricades were put up. The protest, now in its sixth day, saw a rally being organised from three different points - Chawk Bazar, Lebong and Singmari.

At around 11. 30 am amidst the slogan shouting, things suddenly turned violent with clashes ensuing.

GJM supporters violated the orders and took a procession. In the clashes, a police officer was stabbed by protestors.

Following the large-scale vandalism, curfew has been clamped in the hill town. Many others suffered injuries during the protests.

"The protesters attacked one of our assistant commanders T N Tamang with a khukri (knife)", a senior official told Xinhua. They are receiving treatment at various hospitals in Darjeeling and Siliguri.

"Morcha supporters are exploiting the locational advantage and attacking the police".

The Centre has so far refused to hold talks on Kashmir, saying dialogue and attacks can not go hand in hand -which is what Mamata also said today. Using the public address system the army personnel asked local residents not to come out on the streets. The policemen responded by throwing stones back as a vehicle burnt nearby.

Violence erupted on Saturday after the alleged police raid and vandalising of the residence of Tamang at around 3 a.m. Police did not fire rubber bullets or water cannons.

"We want judicial inquiry into the firing".

The Morcha responded by calling a 12-hour bandh on Sunday in the Dooars, home to several tea gardens.

Asked about reports of police firing, Banerjee denied the charge. They had also torched a customer care centre of the West Bengal State Electricity Development Corporation Limited.

Scores others were injured in the firing. They have stopped tourism, transport, drinking water supply and food.

Bimal Gurung's GJM is an ally of the BJP in NDA.

"The final battle is on".

On Friday night, the police had arrested Vikram Rai, media manager of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. He was however released later during the day.

"It was the GJM activists who opened fire", he said.

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