Police said the shootout followed a pre-dawn raid on a forest hideout used by members of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), a regional party agitating for a separate state for the Gorkha ethnic minority. To tarnish the image of GJM and to brand it as a militant organisation, the West Bengal Police has been shown to have seized sophisticated arms and ammunition from Tukvar area, which is under doubt and suspicion as the arms and ammunition may have been planted by the police themselves.
According to police, Sub-Inspector Amitava Malik (30) and four other policemen were injured in an exchange of fire between police and alleged supporters of Gurung. As a result Amitabha Malik, a sub-inspector of police was killed on the spot and two of his colleagues received severe bullet injuries.
One GJM supporter, who was injured in the operation, was arrested by the police.
"Gurung was in Sikkim".
The hills, after much struggle and suffering had returned to peace just a few days back on 27 Sep and just as the people were trying to be relaxed that finally there is peace, another incident disturbed the people of Darjeeling, forcing them to live under the feeling of fear.
ADG Anuj Sharma also said that the attempts to disturb the hills' peace will go in vain since the police is determined to stop the miscreants who would do so, even if it would mean that the lives of the police officials would have to be sacrificed.
A large cache of arms-at least nine self-loading rifles, 2,000 rounds of ammunition and 20 gelatine sticks-was recovered from the camp, following which the police said the haul conclusively established Gurung's links with Moaists and insurgent groups from the northeast. "He has prepared a blueprint to foment trouble for his personal gain", he said.