OSNepalNews, Kathmandu, 14th July: On the edge for nearly a month over the demand for a separate state by Gorkha ethnic groups, Darjeeling saw violent protests on Wednesday after the supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) allegedly set on fire a tourist information office at a mall in the heart of the city. They also damaged a few government vehicles on the 28th day of the indefinite shutdown, police said.
The supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the party leading the protests, took out a massive funeral procession in Darjeeling town yesterday with the body of Ashok Tamang, who died on Tuesday at a hospital in the neighbouring Sikkim. Mr Tamang was shifted to a hospital in Sikkim after he was allegedly injured in clashes between the police and GJM supporters on Saturday.
The GJM claimed that Mr Tamang received serious head injuries during a baton charge by the police. The police, however, said it was not clear whether he died of injuries or some other reason.
“We are waiting for the post-mortem report. We can only comment after seeing it,” a senior police officer said. Tamang worked at the Darjeeling Municipality and is survived by two children and an ageing mother. agency