In Darjeeling, Locals Step in and Save Lone Policeman From Rioters

On more than one occasion, the stand-off between the locals and police has turned violent in Darjeeling.

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Locals in Kalimpong guide a policeman to safety.

As the indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling district entered its 25th day on Wednesday, news emerged of a stand-off in Kalimpong between security forces and local GJM supporters.

With Mamata Bannerjee continuing her no-tolerance stance in the Hills, the rioters hurled petrol bombs at a Trinamool Congress party office in the town, forcing the police to lathicharge and use teargas shelling.

A scuffle between the two parties followed, but even as the police forces retreated, a lone officer was left in the midst of the violent rioters.

The Darjeeling Chronicle reports that soon after spotting the officer being attacked by the locals, a group of women and a man stepped in and protected him and guided him to safety.

The stand-offs between the armed forces and the rioters in Darjeeling have turned violent on more than one occasion in the past month. Just a week into the bandh, a showdown between the locals and the forces led to the death of three GJM supporters, also leaving many policemen severely injured.

The gesture by the group therefore found many supporters on the Internet.

In Darjeeling, Locals Step in and Save Lone Policeman From Rioters

With no support from the Centre and Mamata not relenting either, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha supremo Bimal Gurung on Tuesday vowed to continue with the indefinite shutdown.

"The indefinite shutdown in the Hills will continue. This is our final battle, we'll either achieve Gorkhaland or die fighting for it," Gurung said in a press conference.

Gurung's comment came ahead of an all-party meeting on 6 July where the newly-formed Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) is slated to take a call on the ongoing agitation in the hills.

"The coordination committee will meet and decide the next course of action, but as far as GJM is concerned we'll not call off the strike.”

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