Siliguri (WB): All India Gorkha League president and a strong advocate of Gorkhaland, Madan Tamang, was on Friday killed in an attack by unidentified assailants in Darjeeling town.
Darjeeling district magistrate Surindra Gupta said he was attacked with kukris and swords near the Planters' Club when he was supervising arrangements for a meeting scheduled for later in the day. He died in the attack, Gupta said.
There was a clash between AIGL supporters and activists of the GJM who were opposed to the meeting following which police fired five rounds.
Gupta said no one was injured in the firing.
However, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told PTI that a few of his supporters were injured in the clash and one suffered bullet injuries.
Tamang was opposed to the GJM's stand on an interim set-up for Darjeeling hills pending setting up of a separate state and demanded Gorkhaland instead.