Driver hit by strike supporters

The Telegraph

Siliguri, Jan. 14: Suspected bandh supporters hit a driver on the head with a sharp weapon at Dudhia last night when he reached there with his vehicle. Two Gorkha Janmukti Morcha members were arrested in this connection.

Police said Kamal Subba, a resident of Dudhia, was stopped by bandh supporters when he entered the locality, 30km from here, around 9pm. “There was an altercation during which he was hit on the head with a patang, leading to a grievous injury,” said Darjeeling police chief D.P. Singh. “He was rushed to a nursing home and then shifted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. A complaint had been filed at Mirik police station.” Sources at the NBMCH said his family members shifted him from there this morning.

“Four Morcha supporters and Binay Tamang (assistant secretary of the Morcha) have been accused in the complaint. This morning, two persons carrying similar weapons, were sighted near the site of the attack and were arrested. We are verifying the alleged involvement of the other person named in the complaint.” The police chief did not divulge the name of the complainant.

Kamal, the police said, was bringing a car from Bunkulung, 15km from Dudhia, late in the evening. “He was hoping to enter Dudhia at night without being stopped by the bandh supporters,” a police source said.

Senior Morcha leaders said they were not aware of the incident. “We have no clue about any such incident and in fact, I am hearing it from you for the first time,” Harka Bahadur Chhetri, the media and publicity secretary of Morcha, told The Telegraph this afternoon.

“The strike is peaceful and we need to check out whether any such incident has happened in Dudhia.”
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