Kalimpong, 05 Jul:
Violence broke out in Kalimpong today when a procession called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha youth wing allegedly set fire to a building at 10th Mile that housed the Trinamool Congress party office.
In the confusion which followed, three Morcha supporters and six police personnel were reportedly injured in the ensuing clashes between the crowd and the police.
At around 11 30 a.m. today, protesters attempted to set ablaze the TMC party office at 10th Mile.
While the TMC office is on the fourth floor of the building, the ground floor houses a famous wine shop which ended up suffering major damages. The storeroom of the wine shop was also severely damaged.
Initially, the crowd did not allow the fire brigade to access the spot to bring the fire under control, but later, the police with the help of some locals managed to reach the spot.
Then at around 2 p.m, sounds of firing echoed across the town after another crowd torched the NBSTC office located at the Motor Stand.
The crowd pelted stones at the police which reciprocated with tear gas and rubber bullets, it is informed.
According to SP Ajit Singh Yadav, "GJM took out a procession today and once they reached 10th mile, they pelted stones at the police who were already there protecting the TMC office since the past many days. After that they torched the wine shop. Six police personnel are injured."
When asked about the FIRs and arrests, he said that the cases are being registered and there were many incidents of stone pelting and arson. The GJM rally stopped the fire brigade from reaching the spot and also broke the windshield of the fire tender, he added.
This is the first major law & order breakdown during a procession in Kalimpong in the latest round of agitation. Although rallies have been loud and passionate, they had not ended in violence thus far.