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heavily armed indian security forces - darjeeling (india)

Heavily armed Indian security forces during a pro Gorkhaland demonstration in Darjeeling (India)

Not sure if they were part of the Army or Police.­

The guns are Indian-made INSAS rifles (Indian Small Arms System), derived from the AK-47.­

They also have batons for non-lethal crowd control.­

For more info about those rifles, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­INSAS_­rifle.

Gorkhaland is a proposed state in India demanded by the people of the Darjeeling hills region.­ For more info, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Gorkhaland.

Hill Cart Road, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101, India
India 2013 1558 photos

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­