Darjeeling has been seeing protests for a separate Gorkhaland state (File)
Darjeeling: A police officer has reportedly been shot dead in Darjeeling as a hail of gunfire erupted between police and suspected gunmen loyal to Bimal Gurung, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader who is on the run.Early this morning, a huge police force marched to Tubgar forest just outside Darjeeling town based on intelligence inputs that Mr Gurung was in the area.He is wanted by the police for charges including murder and sedition. He was reported to be hiding in Sikkim.As the police personnel neared the forest, they were fired upon, after which they fired back. An assistant sub-inspector reportedly died in the gunfire while four policemen were injured. Police say some of Mr Gurung's men have been injured too.The police launched operations to find Mr Gurung after he sent out an audio message yesterday, saying he would return to Darjeeling on October 30 and asked people to turn out in large numbers to meet him.
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