KOLKATA: One cop died while two other policemen were seriously injured when unknown persons lobbed a hand grenade at Kalimpong Police Station late on Saturday night. Just a few minutes after the attack, a second blast rocked the police station.
Civic volunteer Rajesh Raut (31) died when a hand-grenade was lobbed at the police station. Injured home guard Dhendup Bhutia and another civic volunteer were admitted to Kalimpong subdivisional hospital. The nature and cause of the second blast are yet to be ascertained.
According to sources, the unknown assailants lobbed the grenade and slipped into the alleys that lead to different parts of the town.
The explosions at Kalimpong within less than 24 hours of IED blast at Darjeeling has sent shockwaves throughout the hills, which have never witnessed explosions of this kind.
Raut is the first policeman to die during the present phase of Gorkhaland agitation.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung and two other senior party leaders were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for the blast in Darjeeling.
Gurung, Prakash Gurung and Praveen Subba include 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging war against Government of India), 122 (collecting arms to wage war against India) of Indian Penal Code, Section 3 and 4 of Explosive Substance Act and Sections 16, 18, 18A and 18B of UAPA.