Darjeeling: A day before the arrival of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to attend an industrial meet, police recovered arms and ammunition from the outskirts of Darjeeling. The information was received on interrogating the driver of GJM leader Bimal Gurung.
The police further alleged that they have information on funds received by Gurung from the government of Sikkim. Based on interrogation of one Siddhant Kami alias Maila, Gurung’s driver who at present has been remanded to police custody by the ACJM Court, Siliguri, police raided Limbu Busty, an erstwhile stronghold of Gurung, on the outskirts of Darjeeling town.
“We have recovered 2 country-made guns, a double-barrel gun, 22 swords and 15 rounds of live 12 bore ammunition, along with 50m of camouflage cloth,” stated Amarnath K, Superintendent of Police (Operations), Darjeeling. Talking to media persons at Darjeeling Sadar police station, the SP alleged that the information received from the persons who have been arrested in the recent past, is a clear pointer to Gurung’s intention of waging a full-fledged war against the state and of Sikkim’s funding to Gurung.
In the last week of February, police had arrested one Bhaskar Mukhia. Mukhia used to run a flower nursery in Pokhriabong and was close to Gurung. He had been made the chairman of a relief committee by Gurung. “Mukhia, during interrogation, divulged that the government of Sikkim had sent Rs 1.5 crore to Gurung, in two consignments. One consignment of Rs 1 crore had been received by PT Ola and the other Rs 50 lakh had been received by Mukhia himself,” stated Amarnath.