Kolkata, Oct 15 (PTI) Congress and CPI(M) leaders today visited the house of slain police sub-inspector Amitabha Malik, who was killed in a firing allegedly by the supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung in Darjeeling.Also Read - Gorkhaland Vision Intact: GJM Supremo Bimal Gurung Returns After 3 Years in Hiding

While visiting Malik’s residence at Madhyamgram in North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury said the police personnel should have been given adequate protective gear. Also Read - Bimal Gurung Hopes New Modi Government Will Look Into Gorkhaland Demand

“With the chief minister having pointed towards links between the troublemakers in Darjeeling and some terrorist outfits in the north-east, the police personnel should have been given adequate protective gear, including bulletproof vests and head gear,” he said. Also Read - Bimal Gurung Says BJP Has Promised to Look Into Gorkhaland Demand

The Congress leader offered condolences to Malik’s father.

Malik was killed and four other policemen were seriously injured when GJM supporters, loyal to Gurung, allegedly fired at a police team in a forest area in Darjeeling district on Friday.

CPI(M) MLAs Sujan Chakraborty and Tanmoy Bhattacharya also visited Malik’s residence in the afternoon.

Chakraborty called for a tripartite meeting to solve the Darjeeling issue.

“We do not want to do politics over death. The state government should go for tripartite talks to solve the Darjeeling issue. Our party will play a positive role if such an effort is made,” he said.

In the evening, Malik’s neighbours and others took out a candlelight march in the area to mourn the death of the sub- inspector. They demanded an exemplary punishment for those involved in his killing.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.