Darjeeling: GJM supremo Bimal Gurung along with party leaders Prakash Gurung, Praveen Subba were booked on Saturday following an explosion in Darjeeling. A heavy explosion at the motor stand, in Chowkbazar area shook Darjeeling in the early hours on Saturday.
The GJM chief and other leaders have been booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. According to the police, a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off near the old supermarket area damaging a few shops. However, no one has been injured in the incident.
Police have cordoned off the site of the explosion this morning and forensic teams have been sent to ascertain the nature of blast. The blast was said to be of a very high intensity. “Our team reached there, and we are now inquiring about the incident. We think an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was used and we have received some technical inputs,” said Darjeeling Police Superintendent Akhilesh Chaturvedi.
Incidentally, soon after the blast the GJM condemned it by terming it a well planned conspiracy to tarnish the Gorkhaland movement. “We demand an impartial investigation by a high level enquiry committee. This is a conspiracy to tarnish the GJM leadership and disturb peace and law and order in the hills,” a GJM statement said.
Meanwhile, it’s been two months since the state government decided to suspend mobile internet services in the hills on June 19.