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GJM workers turn violent after police raid on party chief’s house

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Darjeeling, June 15, 2017: The West Bengal hills saw widespread violence on Thursday as irate Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters torched a police outpost and stoned security forces in angry reaction to a police raid on party chief Bimal Gurung’s house in Darjeeling district.

The GJM activists, with their women’s wing Nari Morcha in the vanguard, virtually surrounded the police force as they were returning after the raid on Gurung’s house in Patlebas, and started stoning the police from elevated areas in the hills.

Several police personnel were injured in the stoning. In response, the security forces lobbed tear gas shells at the protesters after a baton charge failed to control the situation. Large police reinforcements arrived in the area.

Some vehicles, including one belonging to a media house, were set on fire.

In neighbouring Kalimpong district, alleged GJM supporters torched the Pedong police outpost.

Earlier today, West Bengal police raided Gorkha Janamukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung’s office in Patlebas in Darjeeling district on Thursday.

According to police sources, the GJM chief’s residence was raided by West Bengal Police and the CRPF in a joint operation during which a large chache of weapons were also recovered.

The officials broke locks and barged into the GJM chief’s residence to carry out a massive search.

A huge cache of arms and ammunitions including bow and arrows, knives, axes and cartridges were seized from the house.

Soon after the raids, GJM calls for indefinite shutdown in protest against the police raid. “The decision to impose an indefinite bandh in the hills has been taken by the party’s central committee,” Tamang told media.

On Wednesday, The Bimal Gurang-led GJM had announced its decision to intensify the ongoing stir if the police continue to hound Morcha supporters like they did in the last two days.

Responding to the sudden raid, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rahul Sinha claimed such drastic steps may worsen the situation in the hills and urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to call an all-party meeting in the Bengal hills to solve the situation.

“Mamata Banerjee provoked the unrest in the hills and now she is making the situation even worse with these steps. She should immediately call an all-party meeting in Darjeeling to listen to their demands and sort out the situation,” Sinha claimed.

The GJM stir started on June 7 as a protest against the Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to make Bengali a compulsory language in state-run schools, despite the chief minister’s assurance that the new rule would not be imposed in the hill districts. However, the movement soon turned into the revival of the demand for a separate state.

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Food poisoning kills 4, at least 70 hospitalised in Maharashtra

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After the dinner, many people complained of stomach aches, suddenly started vomiting incessantly and were rushed to nearby private clinics and hospitals. (Representative Photo)

Raigad (Maharashtra), June 19: At least four people were killed due to suspected food-poisoning after a house-warming dinner here, news agency IANS quoted police official as saying on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at the new home of Subhash Mane, who had organised a vaastu-shanti pooja in Mahad village, followed by the celebratory dinner on Monday night, a Raigad Police spokesman said.

After the dinner, many people complained of stomach aches, suddenly started vomiting incessantly and were rushed to nearby private clinics and hospitals, the report said.

Mahad village in Khalapur is around 75 kms from Mumbai.

Of the 70 others still admitted to the hospital, the condition of at least five is described as critical, IANS quoted the spokesperson as saying.

Meanwhile, the  case has been registered as further investigations are underway.

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Partly cloudy morning in Delhi

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New Delhi, June 19: The national capital woke up to a partly cloudy morning on Tuesday but the sky is likely to be mainly clear in the day ahead, the weather office said.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 26.5 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average, a scientist at India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The air-quality across the National Capital Region (NCR) was moderate on Tuesday morning, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 39 degrees Celsius.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 67 per cent.

Monday’s maximum temperature was 36.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 28.2 degrees Celsius, the season’s average.

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Bihar: 6 children killed as car falls into pond in Ararriya

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Patna, June 19: At least six children lost their lives after the SUV they were travelling into fell into a pond in  Ararriya’s Tarabadi on Tuesday morning.

According to news agency ANI, one person has been rescued from the accident spot.

Last week , four women were killed and eight others were wounded in a collision on National Highway-28 in Samastipur district.

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