Darjeeling: GJM chief Bimal Gurung on Sunday termed as “white lies” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s claim that the agitation in Darjeeling hills was supported by insurgent groups, and asserted the struggle for a separate Gorkhaland state would be intensified.
Banerjee on Saturday had said that the GJM-led agitation in Darjeeling hills is a “deep-rooted conspiracy” supported by the insurgent groups of the Northeast and some foreign countries.
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“The allegations are baseless, Mamata Banerjee is trying to mislead people. It is not a political fight but a fight for our own identity. We will not stop until and unless Gorkhaland is achieved. The struggle will intensify in the hills,” Gurung said in an audio-visual statement.
On the boil for the past 10 days over a separate state demand, Darjeeling on Saturday had witnessed widespread clashes between GJM activists and the police in which one person was killed and 35 security personnel were injured, including an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) officer.