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Darjeeling unrest: 2 policemen, one protester injured in clashes in Sukna

Clashes in Sukna Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 29, 2017, 09.17 AM (IST)

Two policemen and a protester were injured after clashes broke out between police and GJM supporters in Darjeeling, ANI reported.

The incident took place in Sukna.

According to ANI, GJM supporters had taken out a 'Khukri Protest' which later turned violent.

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This comes after weeks of relative peace in the region.

Darjeeling district administration sources told PTI that pro-Gorkhaland supporters carrying knives, swords and traditional Khukri, tried to enter Siliguri, demanding that Siliguri be included in the proposed Gorkhaland. 

The police reportedly put up barricades near the Sukna road crossing and asked them to go back.

The protesters, however, broke the first two barricades and pelted stones at the police, PTI reported.

The police used water cannons and mild baton charge to disperse the agitators, PTI added, 

The protesters reportedly turned violent and set some vehicles alight. 

Pro-Gorkhaland supporters are currently organising a sit-in demonstration on the Sukna-Siliguri road.

The GJM leadership has claimed that police have resorted to firing, the district administration has denied the claim, PTI reported. 

A huge contingent of police and security forces has been moved to bring the situation under control. 
 

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