Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters carried out a protest march from Raj Ghat to Jantar Mantar on Sunday against the alleged killing of its supporters in police firing and for their demand of Gorkhaland. Earlier on Saturday, fresh violence erupted in Darjeeling on Saturday at Sonada where Gorkhaland supporters torched a police outpost and a toy train station after a youth was killed in alleged police firing on Saturday night.
As a result, the army was redeployed by the West Bengal government. CM Mamata Banerjee had also offered talks to GJM supporters but it was rejected by the GJM. The GJM leadership claimed on Saturday that four persons were killed in police firing.The police, however, denied the reports of firing and said it did not fire a "single shot".
The GJM claimed that while two pro-Gorkhaland supporters had died on the spot during the police firing, two others succumbed to injuries in hospital.
The separatist group identified the four victims as Tashi Bhutia, Suraj Sundas, Asha Kumar and Sameer Subba.M S Rai, chairman of the Rai Development Board, resigned last night in protest against the alleged killings.The police are on high alert after fresh violence and arson erupted in Darjeeling hills on Saturday.
Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the government and GTA offices and various entry exit points of the hills while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed.Except medicine shops, all others shops and hotels are closed in Darjeeling.
With PTI inputs