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Senior India Gorkha leader Madan Tamang killed

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A senior Gorkha leader has been killed by unidentified attackers in the hill resort of Darjeeling in India's West Bengal state.

Madan Tamang was stabbed to death. News of his fate led to a regional shutdown.

Mr Tamang was president of the All India Gorkha League, one of the oldest political parties fighting for a separate Gorkhaland state.

His party has blamed the rival Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) party for the killing. The GJM has denied the charge.

The Nepali-speaking Gorkhas in India's tea-producing Darjeeling hill area have long agitated for a separate state.

The GJM has spearheaded the recent Gorkhaland movement. But Mr Tamang was opposed to several of their proposals.

"Mr Tamang was attacked near the Planters' Club on Friday morning when he was supervising the arrangements for a meeting to be held later in the day," senior police officer KL Tamta said.

"Miscreants hit him with khukris [knives] and swords, wounding him on the shoulder and stomach."



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