Darjeeling (Agencies): The Army was deployed in violence-hit areas of Darjeeling district after 2 persons were killed on Wednesday when the police opened fire to stop Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters from taking out a march in adjacent Jalpaiguri district defying prohibitory orders, sparking arson by GJM workers who torched government vehicles and offices.

Additional District Magistrate (Darjeeling) Rajat Kumar Shaini said, "From tonight, the army will undertake flag marches in all the affected areas of Darjeeling district, including Kalimpong sub-division.”

He said the administration is also considering imposing curfew in the violence-affected areas.

However, an Army officer of the rank of Major-General, who requested anonymity, said no requisition has been received for army deployment in Darjeeling hills.

Clashes broke out at Shipchu inside a reserve forest in Jalpaiguri district when the police dismantled illegal temporary camps set up by GJM activists, IG (North Bengal) Ranbir Kumar said.