In Darjeeling protesters have set a toy train station on fire after a man’s body was found at Sonada, from the hill town 15 km away. The young man was shot dead by police around midnight, the locals claim the man named Yashi Bhutia.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways toy train station was torched by group of people this afternoon, following which two army columns have been deployed - one each in Sonada and Darjeeling.
Local marched with the body this morning, at the Sonada Police Station the stones were thrown and police had to fire teargas to disperse crowds.
Locals claimed Bhutia was shot dead by the police when he was on his way home after picking up medicines. "An innocent youth has been murdered. We are deeply in pain," said by Neeraj Zimba GNLF (Gorkha National Liberation Front)
Gautam Deb, minister and Trinamool Congress chief of Darjeeling district, denied any police firing. "Police are not going for any confrontation with the protesters. No question of them opening fire on a lone youth," he said from Siliguri at the foothills of Darjeeling.
Darjeeling has been simmering ever since the battle between chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Morcha chief Bimal Gurung began over the 'Bengali-must' policy which snowballed into a demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.