Maoists today slammed the State government and the Centre for opening fire on agitators and killing two in the Darjeeling hills and lent its support to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s movement for a separate Gorkhaland.

“We condemn the way the police opened fire on innocent agitators at Sipchu yesterday that left two dead,” CPI-Maoist said in a statement.

“Maoists are sympathetic to the GJM for its movement in the hills and support it,” the statement said.

As a mark of solidarity with GJM’s movement, the Maoists have called for a 24-hour bandh in its strongholds of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts on February 11.

“We will observe black day and organise rallies in Jangalmahal area tomorrow,” the statement said.

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