There was a blast on Saturday night in Kalimpong leading to a death of a civil guard and leaving two others injured. Five party leaders including the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bhimal Gurung are being charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
Bimal Gurung is already on the radar for another investigation by UAUP regarding the Friday blast in Darjeeling, with two other leaders, Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha president Prakash Gurung and his close associate Pravin Subba. Two other leader’s involvement has been investigated regarding the Kalimpong blast, Dawa Lepcha and Barun Thapa.
The West Bengal government’s tough stand on the matter and involvement of UAUP has come as a direct answer to the June bandh in the hills. The leader has already been charged with two blasts in a span of two days has requested for NIA investigation on the matter.
According to Ajit Singh Yadav, a superintendent of Kalimpong police station, the bomb blast near the Kalimpong police station was a work of agitators which was confirmed by intelligence reports.
However, Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) general secretary, Mahindra Chettri believes otherwise calling it a handiwork of outside agencies who are trying to hinder the ongoing peaceful demonstration and demand for separate statehood of Gorkhaland. GJM also stated that it was one of the state governments measures to thaw the agitation and to divert the attention through restrictive methods.
There has been reported one death and two injured in the blast according to the statement of Anuj Sharma. Rakesh Raut a civil police guard in Kalimpong was among the victims of the blast and was declared death on arrival, the other two victims SSB jawan Manoj Deka and Dhendup Bhutia were immediately sent to Siliguri for treatment. The police has refused to talk any further about the nature of the bomb until the forensic reports arrive. Some eye witnesses claimed to have heard not one but two blasts, one at round 10:30 and second around 11:30 pm. The police have given account of only one.
According to one of the officer’s report, the explosion could have been much worst if the bomb has exploded inside the station, there would have been higher casualties.