In the wake of ongoing protests in Darjeeling, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha (GJM) of spreading violence in the state, ANI reported. Speaking to media, Banerjee said that GJM is fuelling tensions to hide its failures. The CM added that protesters are spreading violence even as the government is ready for talks. “They aren’t listening to the court also, the court passed order saying bandh is illegal. Don’t know from where they get support,” Mamata Banerjee said. “5 years you enjoyed, now when elections are coming you start violence because you have lost credentials,” Banerjee added. She further expressed surprise that about support available for the violent protestors. “Where did they get illegal arms and money from? Ready to talk to them, we cannot support violation of the Constitution,” Banerjee said. The chief minister further termed the protest as a deep-rooted conspiracy. “What is happening is a deep-rooted conspiracy. These arms were not collected in a day, they were collected over time,” Banerjee said. Banerjee’s comments came hours after fresh clashes erupted in Darjeeling due to protests. The GJM protestors reportedly pelted stones and threw bottles at security personnel who retaliated by firing teargas shells.
According to police, 1 GJM supporter died due to firing by GJM supporters, news agency ANI reported quoting ADG Law and Order. An Assistant Commander of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) has been killed in clashes.
Mamata Banerjee expresses her condolences on the death of the policeman. “It is sad that they (protesters) killed one of our Asst. Commanders TN Tamang with a khukri,” Mamata Banerjee said. The protest turned violent even as prohibitory orders were in force in the entire area and no one was allowed to take out processions. The GJM supporters still went ahead and violated the orders. When police tried to stop the protestors, they hurled stones and bottles, PTI reported.