NEW DELHI, JUNE 5, REUTER — Three communists were Killed and two wounded when a bomb planted in a private vehicle by Gurkha militants went off in northeastern India on Sunday, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said,

PTI said the bomb exploded near the tea growing Darjeeling area of Marxist ruled West Bengal state.

Members of the Gurkhaland National Liberation front (GNLF) want a separate state within India for West Bengal’s Nepal speaking minority Gurkahs.

More than 200 people have been killed in SNLF’s two year campaign for statehood which has been rejected by the state’s Marxist government as well as Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The government has offered to set up a semiautonomous council for Gurkhas in the tea growing hill country.

PTI said the militants also set fire to a private house and attacked a camp occupied by security forces on Saturday night.

Article extracted from this publication >> June 10, 1988