On the 24th day of indefinite strike for a seperate state, a young boy was shot dead in police firing, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) alleged on Saturday, deepening tensions in the Darjeeling hills.
Though the GJM, which is spearheading the agitation, and other hill parties said Tashi Bhutia had been shot by the police in the early hours of the morning at Sonada area, police officials denied receiving reports of any firing.
when Tashi Bhutia was on his way back home at Sonada at around 12:30 am this incident happened, said a member of GJM.
GJM leader Binay Tamang said, “The youth was killed by police without any reason. His body has bullet injuries. We demand that the policemen involved be punished.”
The news of the death of a young boy spread like fire in the valley and supporters of Gorkhaland came out on streets, raising slogans against “police atrocities”.
The Centre had said on Friday that it was keen on holding tripartite talks with the GJM and the West Bengal government to end the agitation.
With food supply severely hit due to the indefinite strike, the GJM and various NGOs distributed food amongst the people.