Showing posts with label madan tamang. Show all posts
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Bharati Tamang threatens fast-unto-death demanding arrest of GJM leaders

6:41 PM
Bharati Tamang, the widow of slain All India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang on Tuesday threatened to go on to fast till death, to demand immediate arrest of the 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders against whom a city court in Kolkata has issued a warrant of arrest.
Bharati Tamang threatens fast-unto-death demanding arrest of GJM leaders
Bharati Tamang
AIGL general secretary Pratap Khati argued that there was an undue delay in execution of the arrest. “No stay order has been issued as yet against the warrant of arrest. So why is the CBI delaying in
making the arrest of the 23 accused,” he asked.

After the court issued the warrant of arrest, the AIGL leadership had expressed its gratitude the CBI for filing the charge sheet against the top rung GJM leaders in the Madan Tamang murder case.
On June 6, the city and session’s court in Kolkata directed the CBI to execute the arrest of the GJM leaders within June 26. This after the central agency had filed its final supplementary charge sheet in the court on May 29.

However, on Tuesday the slain AIGL leader’s widow expressing surprise in the delay in the arrest by the CBI said: “The court has directed the execution of the warrant of arrest. We do not why the CBI is delaying in making the arrest. Since there are no other options with us, we have decided to fast on to death”.

Nine GJM leaders have already filed for anticipatory bail in the high court on Monday. The bail plea has been made by Bimal Gurung, Roshan Giri, Binay Tamang, Colonel Ramesh Allay, P.T.Ola, Pradeep Pradhan, Asha Gurung, Urmila Rumba and Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri.

The AIGL has also written to the CBI director and joint director to apprise them about the delay. “We have written to the Central agency director demanding the accused to be arrested as soon as possible. We will give the CBI 24 hours’ time after they receive our letter that we posted today. After this we will go on a fast till death,” Khati said.

The AGIL leader also demanded the seizure of passports of the 23 GJM leaders. “Today we have also written to the passport office in Kolkata asking them to seize the passports of all the accused GJM leaders. There is always the possibility that they (accused) may try to escape the arrest,” Khati said. Initially, the CID had been asked to probe the Madan Tamang murder case. The state agency had arrested primed accused Nicole Tamang, a GJM central committee leader on August 16, 2010. However, he managed to escape mysteriously from Pintail Village near Siliguri on August 22, 2010, while being interrogated by the sleuths. He remains untraceable.

Source:EOI

GJM seeks anticipatory bail in Calcutta High Court in Madan Tamang murder case

11:00 AM
June 8: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung and eight other top party leaders today sought anticipatory bail in Calcutta High Court in the Madan Tamang murder case in which a city court has ordered the arrest of almost the entire top-rung of the hill party by June 26.
GJM top leaders
GJM top leaders
Twenty-three Morcha leaders and activists have been charged with murder.

Madan Tamang, the president of the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, was hacked to death in public view in the heart of Darjeeling on May 21, 2010.

At the time of his murder, Madan Tamang was the most vocal critic of the Morcha, which now has complete control of the political set-up in the Darjeeling hills.

Among those who applied for anticipatory bail today with Gurung were party general secretary Roshan Giri, assistant secretary Binay Tamang, Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri and Gurung's wife Asha

The chargesheet was filed in the special CBI court in Calcutta on May 29.

The bail pleas are likely to be heard on Wednesday, according to senior court officials.

Advocate Sayan Dey, who filed the bail pleas on behalf of the accused, said: "My clients have been falsely implicated in the murder case. None of them was present at the spot on the day Madan Tamang was murdered. My clients are apprehending arrest and that is why we have sought anticipatory bail."

According to lawyers connected to the case, the rest of the accused would file anticipatory bail appeals within the next few days.

Senior high court lawyers said according to the norms followed by investigating agencies, the arrests were not made till anticipatory bail pleas pertaining to a particular case were disposed of.

"The lawyers appearing for the accused are taking advantage of this system. That is why they have planned to file the anticipatory bail pleas in phases in an attempt to delay the arrests," said a senior high court lawyer.

None of the accused was present in the high court today.

Gurung's daughter, Nanda, and Morcha assistant secretary Jyoti Kumar Rai were seen in the court. Both chose not to comment on the case.

According to court sources, the CBI was served a notice to appear during the hearing of the anticipatory bail pleas.

Hours after filing the anticipatory bail applications, the Morcha said in Darjeeling that the party had not hatched a conspiracy to kill Madan Tamang and had immediately sought a CBI inquiry when the state government had entrusted the case to the CID.

In a hurriedly called news conference, R.P. Waiba, a vice-president of the Morcha, said: "The Morcha never hatched a murder conspiracy. When the state government handed over the investigation to the CID, we were the first to write a letter to the Prime Minister and the home minister seeking a CBI inquiry.... We are innocent and we have full faith in the judiciary."

In Darjeeling, shops opened today for regular business after an abrupt shutdown yesterday by traders who had felt uncertain about possible arrests of the Morcha leaders.


Source: Telegraph


When Leaders lack sincerity and acts confused

2:06 PM
Vivek Ghatani for Indian Gorkhas

The day when Gorkhas scattered in India hankered for a homeland must have surely been a hapless day. Because if it takes more than 100 years to achieve statehood – infact still agitating for a dream homeland --- then there is certainly lack of quality leadership and the leaders are either acting confused or muddled.
Subash Ghishing and Bimal Gurung when Leaders lack sincerity and acts confused
Subash Ghishing and Bimal Gurung when Leaders lack sincerity and acts confused
So when leaders are confused or muddled, they happen to be in a centre of hullabaloo somewhat like a clown in a circus adored and laughed at, ultimately forgotten after the show.  For a clown performing trick allows him to earn bread. Once he under-performs, you can read he is in the last day of his career.

The consequence therefore is crammed at one place prowling to find a way out but with no major triumph. Unfortunately, the Madan Tamang murder case is serving not just as good a trick for Calcutta but a curse for the Gorkhas scattered in India; leave alone the godly leadership which is no less than a clown.

In India where you get zero unless you ask for it, making even the slightest mistake can leave you deserted. The Gorkha homeland issue has got profuse slip-ups right from when the agitation began in the late eighties. The leaders, who were given charge by the mass, have no less been a clown in the circus. They earned and then perished leaving things where they were. In other words, they are short of tricks to woe people or their stock of tricks is on the verge of expiration.

When it comes to homeland issue in the hills of Darjeeling people are sober, leaders inopportunely jumble them. When they agitated in late eighties, they were forced to accept an autonomous body. When they agitated in 2007-2011, they were again forced a similar body as earlier.  The blame is not to be bestowed upon Delhi or Calcutta. It is only that the tricks are not working. The trick tactlessly is of paramount significance to a leader not for the spectators.


Under legal pessure, Morcha tells traders to open shops

8:32 AM
Vivek Chhetri

Darjeeling, June 7: Scared traders kept shops in Darjeeling and Kalimpong shuttered a day after a court in Calcutta ordered the arrest of 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders named in the Madan Tamang murder chargesheet.
Shops which remained closed in Darjeeling on Sunday. Picture by Suman Tamang
Shops which remained closed in Darjeeling on Sunday. Picture by Suman Tamang
The Morcha, mindful that a bandh-like atmosphere in the hills could prove counter-productive in court, issued a media release requesting traders not to keep stores closed.

This is the first time since September 2013 that businesses in the hills have stayed shut. Two years ago, businesses were closed for several days when the Morcha, spurred by the Telangana statehood nod, renewed its movement for Gorkhaland and called a shutdown.
Morcha tells traders to open shops in the hills
Morcha tells traders to open shops in the hills
Although vehicles were running today, the abrupt closure of shops has the potential to keep summer tourists away and cripple the hill economy.

The Morcha, which has complete hold of the political set-up in Darjeeling, said traders kept their shops shut to show solidarity with the party, but some shopkeepers said it was the uncertainty after the court order that made them wary.

“There is an air of uncertainty since yesterday. Since no one opened the shops, I, too, did not,” said a trader in Darjeeling who didn’t want to be named. Another shopkeeper said he kept his store open till around 9am, “but when no one opened their shops, I too closed mine later”.

The Morcha’s legal team is expected to move bail applications for the 23 accused in Calcutta High Court tomorrow. The CBI has been told to arrest the accused by June 26.

Some political observers said the shutting of shops could be used by Morcha opponents to argue that the leaders, if granted bail, could influence witnesses.

In a media release this evening, the Morcha said: “We would like to appeal to the traders not to keep their business establishments closed.” Anit Thapa, a central committee member of the Morcha, issued the media release, saying: “The fact that people chose to keep their business establishments closed, even though we had not given such a call, is an indication that people do not believe the allegations against our leadership.”

Thapa appealed for “peace” saying the legal matter “must be fought legally”.

Morcha chief Bimal Gurung and 22 party leaders have been accused of murder in the final chargesheet of the CBI in the Madan Tamang case.

Tamang was hacked to death in the heart of Darjeeling town in full public view on May 21, 2010, when he was overseeing preparations for a political meeting. At the time he was murdered, Tamang was the most vocal critic of the Morcha.

The Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, the party Tamang founded and which is now led by his widow Bharati, today demanded security for the nearly 100 witnesses in the case, apprehending that they may be threatened.

Source: Telegraph

Darjeeling wakes up to bandh sparked by rumours

8:31 PM
Amitava Banerjee

The morning after a Kolkata court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to arrest 23 top leaders of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) within 20 days, Darjeeling woke up to an undeclared bandh on Sunday.
Darjeeling has witnessed frequent bandhs over the years, with the Gorkha National Liberation Front and GJM enforcing shutdowns in support of their demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland. (HT Photo)
Darjeeling has witnessed frequent bandhs over the years, with the Gorkha National Liberation Front and
GJM enforcing shutdowns in support of their demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland. (HT Photo)
Though no group called a shutdown, rumours started doing the rounds from Saturday night that a bandh had been declared over the court’s order to arrest the leaders, including GJM president Bimal Gurung.

From early in the morning, shopkeepers gathered at Chowk Bazaar in Darjeeling to start business during the busy tourist season. CRPF personnel deployed in the area were seen patrolling the town.

Posters with threats were seen across the town.
If GJM President Bimal Gurung is arrested, the hills will burn,” said one poster, signed Janta
If GJM President Bimal Gurung is arrested, the hills will burn,” said one poster, signed Janta
“If GJM President Bimal Gurung is arrested, the hills will burn,” said one poster, signed “Janta” (public), that was pasted in Chowk Bazar. The posters further fuelled rumours already circulating about a bandh and traders did not open their shops.

A GJM leader, who did not want to be named, said, “We have not called a bandh.”

The political uncertainty triggered an exodus of tourists.

With the mercury soaring in the plains, Darjeeling had witnessed a boom in tourist arrivals in recent weeks.

“Everything was fine till yesterday but now we are being forced to leave as restaurants and eateries are closed. If the bandh continues, how will we manage? The situation is very uncertain,” said Rohit Sharma, a tourist from Delhi.

Sharma said he planned to spend the remainder of his holiday in Sikkim. Vehicles were busy ferrying tourists to Siliguri in the plains and to Sikkim.

The CBI recently charged 23 senior GJM leaders with murder, criminal conspiracy and rioting with deadly weapons in connection with the murder of All India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang on May 21, 2010. Tamang was killed while overseeing preparations for a public meeting at Upper Clubside in Darjeeling.

Based on the charge-sheet, the city sessions court in Kolkata issued arrest warrants for the 23 on Saturday.

“We are keeping a close watch on the situation. We have adequate forces to deal with any situation,” said district police chief Amit P Javalgi.

Raj Kanojia, director general (coastal), is camping in Darjeeling to keep tabs on the situation. He met the police top brass in Darjeeling on Saturday.

Darjeeling has witnessed frequent bandhs over the years, with the Gorkha National Liberation Front and GJM enforcing shutdowns in support of their demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland. In August-September 2013, GJM called a bandh that spanned 43 days.

The people of Darjeeling often have no option but to submit to these prolonged bandhs.


Source: HT

Arrest warrants against Bimal Gurung and 22 others in Madan Tamang Case

6:03 PM
The City Sessions Court of Kolkata today ie Saturday issued an order for arrest warrants against the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung and 22 others in connection with the alleged murder of Madan Tamang. The City sessions court judge Gopal Chandra Karmakar issued the arrest warrants.
Arrest warrants against Bimal Gurung and 22 others in Madan Tamang Case
Arrest warrants against Bimal Gurung and 22 others in Madan Tamang Case
"We had prayed for the issue of warrant against 23 people accused in the murder of Madan Tamang, including GJM chief Bimal Gurung. The court has ordered to issue the warrant, to be executed by CBI by June 26," said Arun Bhagat, counsel for CBI.

Gorkha leader Madan Tamang was hacked to death at Upper Clubside in the heart of Darjeeling town on May 21, 2010 while overseeing preparations for a public meeting.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had requested the city Sessions Court to issue arrest warrants against all 23 accused, including Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung, in the 2010 Madan Tamang murder case. The CBI counsel told the court that the case was on for five years and it was imperative that the accused be arrested for effective investigation of the case.

While the defence counsel opposed the plea, the court accepted the CBI's prayer and directed that an officer of the rank of superintendent execute the arrest warrant by June 26 and place a report before the court in that regard.

On May 29, CBI submitted the chargesheet which named 23 persons including Gurung, his wife and a number of other prominent leaders. They were charged with murder, criminal conspiracy and rioting with deadly weapons.

Besides Gurung, the others against whom warrant has been issued include his wife Asha, party MLA from Kalimpong Harkabahadur Chettri, assistant general secretary Benoy Tamang, GTA chairman Pradeep Pradhan and deputy chief executive Colonel Ramesh Allay, among others.

The court accepted the chargesheet last Monday, and directed the CBI to spell out whether they want to issue summons or arrest warrants. The court had asked CBI’s investigating officer to appear before it on Saturday and say what the investigating agency wants to do with the accused. Complying with CBI appeal, city Sessions Court issued Order to arrest all 23 accused who are listed in final supplementary charge sheet of CBI by June 26.

While the GJM has said they would be moving a higher court in appeal, the AIGL has welcomed the verdict calling for the immediate arrest of all the accused.

"We welcome the court's verdict. This should have been done much earlier. We hope all the accused will be arrested immediately," AIGL general secretary Pratap Khati said.

Initially probed by the state police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the matter was handed over to the CBI after prime accused Nicole Tamang disappeared from the CID's custody in August 2010.


GJM BJP relation likely to suffer in Darjeeling after CBI Chargesheet

7:56 PM
Relations between BJP and Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling is likely to suffer as the CBI has named top party leaders like president Bimal Gurung and 21 others in its chargesheet in Madan Tamang murder case.

GJM chief with Narendra Modi and S.S. Ahluwalia before election during Modi's Siliguri visit
GJM chief with Narendra Modi and S.S. Ahluwalia before election during Modi's Siliguri visit.
Tamang was the All-India Gorkha League (AIGL) president and was murdered in broad daylight in Darjeeling town in May 2010. The CID was probing the case and had also filed charge sheet. But Tamang's wife Bharati moved Calcutta High Court seeking a CBI investigation and the court had granted her prayer and asked the CBI to take up the case.

The CBI, which was probing the murder case, had submitted its last and final charge sheet in a city court here on last Friday. In the charge sheet, the CBI named top GJM leaders like its president Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha, party MLA from Kalimpong assembly seat Harkabahadur Chhetry, party's general secretary Roshan Giri, Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) chief Pradip Pradhan and other leaders of GJM.

GJM is a political ally of BJP since 2009 when the Gorkhas had supported BJP in 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Last year too, BJP's SS Alhuwalia won Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat with support from the GJM. But the charge sheet filed by the CBI naming almost all top leaders of the party has certainly unnerved the GJP top leadership and they have already contacted BJP leadership in Delhi.

GJM MLA Harkabahadur Chhetry was in Kolkata on Monday and when contacted, he refused to say anything on the issue. But senior GJM leaders told ET over phone from Darjeeling that they will hold a meeting in the Hills on June 7 to explain their position. GJM leaders also informed that they were consulting legal experts both in Kolkata and Delhi and will fight the case legally and politically. Fearing arrests by the CBI, GJM leaders are also planning to move courts for obtaining anticipatory bail.

A senior GJM leader told ET that they had already talked to the Darjeeling MP Alhuwalia who asked them not to go for any violent movement in Darjeeling hills immediately. "Mamata Banerjee government is very happy with the CBI charge sheet as the Central probe agency has named our top leaders in Tamang murder case. The CM doesn't want GJM to flourish as she has opposed our demand for a separate Gorkha state. But we expect help and support from top BJP leaders in Delhi. Our leaders are also plann .

West Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha ruled out possibility of any deterioration in their relationship with GJM over the CBI charge sheet. "Naming someone in a charge sheet does not mean that the persons is guilty.We maintain a cordial relationship with the GJM and it will continue," Sinha claimed.

Source: economictimes


"Democratic Front" Leaders Meet Governor to Demand Bimal Gurung Arrest

9:47 AM
 Vivek Chhetri

The Democratic Front, an alliance of five anti-Gorkha Janmukti Morcha parties, yesterday demanded the arrest of Bimal Gurung in the Madan Tamang murder case and requested the governor to ask the state to "use its wisdom" regarding providing security and a red beacon to the GTA chief executive.
Democratic Front Leaders Meet Governor to Demand Bimal Gurung Arrest
Democratic Front Leaders Meet Governor to Demand Bimal Gurung Arrest
A seven-member delegation of the front led by convenor Pratap Khati met governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhavan here this morning.

According to Khati, they told the governor that the CBI should not wait for the court's order. "Why should Bimal Gurung be treated differently? Because he is the chief of the GTA? He should be treated as any other murder accused as his name figures in the chargesheet. He should be arrested immediately and the CBI should not wait for the court's direction. There is a possibility of him influencing witnesses," Khati said . "We want the state to use its wisdom on the issue of providing security cover and a vehicle fitted with a red beacon to Bimal Gurung."

Tamang's wife Bharati was also part of the delegation.

Gurung, who has been named in the CBI chargesheet as an accused in the Madan Tamang murder case, enjoys a rank equivalent to a cabinet minister. He is entitled to a police convoy and allowed to have a red beacon on his official car.

The CID and the CBI have named 54 people in their chargesheets. Of them, 23 were named in the CBI chargesheet in Calcutta on Friday. The list included almost all the top rung leaders of the Morcha.

Khati, the general secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League of which Madan Tamang was the chief said: "We fear that few of the witnesses might have been bought over."

On Monday, the city sessions court of Calcutta had directed the CBI not to proceed against any of the accused. The investigating officer has been asked to appear on June 6.

The Raj Bhavan has not issued any statement regarding today's meeting.

Tamang was hacked to death in Darjeeling on May 21, 2010.

Today, the Democratic Front, which was formed yesterday by the ABGL, GNLF, CPRM, CPM and Sikkim-Darjeeling Ekikaran Manch, submitted a memorandum to the governor regarding the matter.

"The murderers, starting with the top echelon of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, have now been identified and arraigned by the investigation that culminated with the submission of the supplementary chargesheet by the CBI to the concerned court. However, we regret to note that the state has permitted them to roam around with impunity after their indictment and even today, we are yet to see a single warrant issued for their arrest," the memorandum reads.

Khati said after the meeting: "The governor gave us a patient hearing and said the memorandum would be forwarded to the home ministry."

The front also demanded that the Morcha should not be allowed to hold public meetings and rallies, "until the disposal of the trial for the murder" as it feared that the leadership would issue threats in public.

Source: : Telegraph


Democratic Front in Darjeeling formed, support CBI probe in Madan Tamang case

9:37 AM
In early 2000, the All India Gorkha League(AIGL), the Communist Party Revolutionary Marxist(CPRM) and a few other parties in the hills of  Darjeeling had come together to form under the leadership of Madan Tamang the People’s Democratic Front(PDF) against the highhandedness of the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF).

The PDF did not last long, but the wheels have turned full circle and again, with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM) cornered in the wake of the CBI filing its final charge-sheet against top GJM leaders in the Madan Tamang murder case, five opposition parties in the hills have been quick to react and form a Democratic Front(DF) with the sole aim of restoration of democracy in the hills.

The constituents of DF are Madan Tamang’s own party All India Gorkha League (AIGL), Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM), Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), CPM and the Sikkim Darjeeling Ekikaran Manch (SDEM).

AIGL general secretary Pratap Khati who was appointed convener of the newly formed outfit on Tuesday after a meeting said: “After Madan Tamang’s murder and looking at the current political situation of the hills, we felt the need to retrospect on ways to move ahead. Keeping this in mind, our priority unanimously is restoration of democracy. Therefore we formed the Front, today”.
Elaborating on the issue in hand, CPRM president R.B.Rai said time was right to form such an organization that would work towards bringing back democracy in the Hills. “The AIGL leader was murdered five years ago. But things are hotting up now with the CBI charge -sheet against GJM leaders. Democracy does not imply only to the AIGL but has implications for others too,” he explained.
Democratic Front poster in Darjeeling
Democratic Front poster in Darjeeling
On the question of forming a platform only for restoring democracy and not other political agenda, the CPRM leader said, “There are various demands of different political entities of the Hills. However, what is the use of other things, when something as basic as democracy is
missing”. Rai appealed to people to extend support to the newly formed Front. “At present politics in the hills is not free and fair and there is an underlying fear among people about their security. People should come out and support our endeavour,” he said.

The Front has not yet chalked out its strategies but said they would first start by meeting Bengal Governor Kesharinath Tripathi, who is presently in Darjeeling, putting up posters in the Hill town propagating their demand and even writing to both the state government and the Centre. “We will meet the Governor and apprise him about our objective of forming the Front and also about the CBI charge-sheet. There is sufficient evidence against the GJM leaders in our leader’s murder,” Khati said.

Mani Kamal Chhetri, the GNLF Darjeeling branch secretary said his party decided to join hand to strongly support the CBI initiatives.

The Front had also invited the Trinamool Congress, BJP and the Congress but their representatives did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

Darjeeling district Trinamool president  Rajen Mukhia, when asked to confirm the invitation said his party would not join the Front but only extend moral support. “We will not join but extend moral support. As for the CBI charge sheet against the GJM leaders, we feel that if
proved guilty they should be arrested,” he said.

Later in the day GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang issued a statement to counter the Democratic Front. “If the Front had been formed for a separate Gorkhaland state then we would have welcomed it. It is only a gimmick of the various inactive political parties for its survival in the Hills,” reads Tamang’s statement.

On the democracy claim, the GJM assistant reminded the Front that their member parties had failed to take a stand during the 22 years of GNLF misrule and anarchy when, unlike in the present situation, the voices of dissent had been curtailed.


Source: EOI

Morcha reprieve Till June 6 in Madan Tamang Murder Case

2:04 PM
Bimal Gurung and top Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders can heave a sigh of relief for now as the city sessions court here has directed the CBI not to proceed against any of the accused in the Madan Tamang murder case.

Morcha reprieve Till June 6 in Madan Tamang Murder Case

The acting chief judge of city sessions court, Gopal Karmakar, today directed the CBI's investigating officer probing into the 2010 murder in Darjeeling to appear before the court on June 6.

The Morcha's top brass, including party chief Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha, and senior leaders Roshan Giri, Binay Tamang, Harka Bahadur Chhetri, have been named in the chargesheet and accused of murder.


The CBI's final chargesheet named 23 leaders and activists of the Morcha.

"The court today took cognisance of the charges that were slapped on the accused in the final chargesheet. But no order of either issuing summons or warrant of arrest against those named in the final chargesheet was issued," said a senior advocate representing the Morcha top brass. "Senior leaders would meet again to discuss what would be the next course of action. But at least we have a breather till June 6."

The court wants the CBI instigation officer to clarify how the agency wants to proceed with respect to all the accused.

Madan Tamang, the chief of the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL), was hacked to death in the heart of Darjeeling town on May 21, 2010, while overseeing preparations for a political meeting. At the time when he was assassinated, his party ABGL was the most vocal critic of the Morcha.

Besides murder, criminal conspiracy and rioting, all the accused were charged with rioting with deadly weapons, mischief causing damage and criminal intimidation.

Legal experts said the court hearing on June 6 could possibly decide the fate of the Morcha leaders if arrest warrants are issued against the 23 accused in the case.

The CBI refused to speak on what it would be pressing for on the next date of hearing.

"The usual course of the case's hearing was originally fixed on June 6. We will not speak ahead of this," said a CBI officer.

Probably aware of the next hearing date, the Morcha has already decided to hold a public meeting in Darjeeling on June 7 where party leaders are expected to talk about the implication of the final charge sheet.

"Our supporters from the 20 frontal organisations of the party will attend the meeting along with our party workers from the Terai and Dooars," Morcha assistant secretary Binay Tamang had said yesterday.

According to Trinamul sources, Morcha MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri, who is also an accused, met chief minister Mamata Banerjee today in the Town Hall and raised the issue of the CBI chargesheet.

Mamata, the sources said, told him the state government was not involved in the matter and could not do anything about it.

Source : Telegraph

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to hold a public meeting on June 7

10:21 AM
Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) will hold a public meeting here on June 7 where party leaders are expected to talk about the implication of almost the entire top rung of its leadership in the Madan Tamang murder case by the CBI on Friday.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) public meeting in the past - file photo
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) public meeting in the past - file photo
Morcha chief Bimal Gurung and 22 others have been charged with murder, criminal conspiracy and rioting.

Today, Morcha rival CPRM held a public meeting at Chowk Bazar here where the party leaders said they wanted the "guilty to be punished".

According to sources, the Morcha, which has appealed for peace in the hills and said it was ready for challenges, has sent Darjeeling MLA Trilok Dewan, Kurseong MLA Rohit Sharma, Darjeeling civic chief Amar Singh Rai and Kurseong civic chief Samirdeep Blone to Delhi to consult legal experts regarding the case. Elected GTA Sabha member Tilak Chand Roka has been sent to Calcutta for a similar purpose, sources said. None of them were named in the chargesheet.

Morcha assistant secretary Binay Tamang, whose name figures in the CBI chargesheet, said: "The party will organise a massive public meeting at Darjeeling Motor Stand on June 7. Our supporters from the 20 frontal organisations of the party will attend the meeting along with our party workers from the Terai and Dooars." Asked about the agenda of the meeting, he said: "You will come to know on that day."

He added: "Law will take its own course. We believe that all those who have been chargesheeted are innocent. We have full faith in the judiciary and we only want the investigation to be fair. This situation has come when we are very close to achieving Gorkhaland. Nevertheless, we are ready to face this challenge."

So far, 54 Morcha activists, including eight women, have been named in the CID and CBI chargesheets.

Babita Ganguly and Sona Sherpa were named in the CID chargesheet of 2010, in which total 30 people were named. Friday's chargesheet named Bimal Gurung's wife Asha Gurung, who is an elected GTA Sabha member, Urmila Rumba, another GTA sabha member and a former lecturer of a Darjeeling college, Sushma Rai, Darjeeling municipality councillor and Morcha activists Sandhya Gurung, Mamta Rai and Kavita Dahal.

Madan Tamang, the chief of the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, was hacked to death in Darjeeling on May 21, 2010, while overseeing preparations of a meeting. When he was assassinated, the ABGL, the most vocal critic of the Morcha in the hills, had alleged that Gurung's party was compromising on the statehood demand.

Soon after the murder, one of the key accused, Nickol Tamang, escaped from CID custody in Pintail Village near Siliguri on August 22, 2010. Next year, the Calcutta High Court transferred the case to the CBI. In its supplementary chargesheet, the CBI added the name of elected GTA Sabha member Dipen Mallay.

Of the 31 named in the CBI and CID chargesheets, Dinesh Subba is untraceable, while Dil Kumar Rai was found murdered near Darjeeling on December 28, 2011. Sangay Yolmo is bed-ridden. He was hit by a bullet during a clash on the day Madan Tamang was assassinated. The rest are out on bail.

As the CBI was investigating the case, Madan Tamang's wife Bharati Tamang had moved the Supreme Court demanding that the probe be handed over to the NIA or any other agency. She had alleged that the CBI was acting in a partisan manner.

On October 8, 2013, the Supreme Court had transferred the hearing to Calcutta.

Today, at the CPRM meeting at Chowk Bazar, party spokesperson Govind Chhetri said: "We want those who are guilty to be punished. On the other hand, the general public should not be harassed in the name of conducting raids."

Source: Telegraph


GJM senior leaders to Delhi and Kolkata for legal consultation

10:09 AM
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) party is in damage control mode and has sent its senior leaders to Delhi and Kolkata for legal consultation after the CBI on Friday named 23 party president Bimal Gurung and 22 other leaders, in their charge sheet in the Madan Tamang murder case.
Senior  GJM leader at the Bagdogra
Senior  GJM leader at the Bagdogra - file photo
On Sunday, the GJM announced a public meeting on June 7 in Darjeeling, to pacify party supporters and talk about the implications of the charge-sheet filed by the Central agency. “We will hold a massive public meeting on June 7 where our 20 frontal organizations and units from the Terai and Dooars will participate,” said Binay Tamang, the GJM assistant secretary

Meanwhile, murdered All India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang’s widow Bharati Tamang has mounted pressure, demanding custodial interrogation of the accused. On Saturday, expressing happiness with the CBI filing its final charge sheet naming top rung Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders and hoped that justice would finally prevail, after a long wait.

Darjeeling MLA Trilok Kumar Dewan and municipality chairman Amar Singh Rai and Kurseong MLA Rohit Sharma and civic chief Samirdeep Blon have been sent to Delhi. Similarly, P.T.Ola and Tilak Chandra Roka have been sent to Kolkata to seek legal opinion.

Sources within the party said, “The party is keeping all options including legal ones in the aftermath of the CBI charge sheet. In fact, the leadership is already in touch with the BJP in Delhi and seeking their advice”. The BJP is the GJM’s political ally. The GJM helped the saffron party to win the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the Darjeeling parliamentary constituency.
The All India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader was hacked to death in broad daylight on May 21, 2010 in the heart of the town in Darjeeling while overseeing preparation for a public meeting on that fateful day..

Asked about the agenda for the public meeting, Tamang said, “We will disclose the issue on the day of the public meeting. However, looking at the present situation, we appeal to the people to maintain peace”.
The GJM assistant secretary, who has also been named by the CBI in its charge-sheet refused to elaborate on the development. “All those named in the charge-sheet are innocent. Let the law take its own course. We believe in the judiciary but want an impartial investigation,” Tamang said.
Besides, Gurung and Tamang, the CBI has named GJM general secretary Roshan Giri and 20 others including Gurung’s wife Asha Gurung, who is the party’s Nari Morcha, chief. The list also includes seven GJM women workers and leaders. The CBI has also named Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Sabha chairman Bhupendra Pradhan, GTA deputy chief executive Col  Ramesh Allay(Retd) and Devendra Sharma a senior party leader.

"Me, wife Asha, party MLA Harkabahadur Chettri and all others in the Morcha are innocent and we are victims of a conspiracy," GJM president Bimal Gurung told a hastily-called press conference on Saturday.

The GJM leader, who refrained from elaborating on the conspiracy, said: "We have faith in the judicial system and let the truth come out about the murder."
One of the prime accused Nicole Tamang, a central committee leader, who was arrested on August 16, 2010 managed to escape from Pintail Village near Siliguri on August 22 while being questioned by CID, a state agency.

Pema Tamang, wife of Nicole, had moved a habeas corpus before the Calcutta High Court saying that her husband be traced. The High Court had then directed the CBI to take up the Madan Tamang murder case and the Nicole Tamang disappearance case.
In 2011, the CBI on the direction of the Supreme Court took over the probe and in its supplementary charge sheet added the name of Dipen Malay, a GTA Sabhasad from the Pokhriabong-Chamung constituency.

Tamang also questioned the timing of the charge-sheet saying it smacked of conspiracy. “When we are nearing our goal of a separate state, this (charge sheet) happened,” he said.
Interestingly, the GJM has organized a week long “chandi puja” from May 30 to June 5, to attain strength which coincides with the CBI charge-sheet. “The puja is for ‘shakti’. It will also help cleanse our mind and destroy enemies,” Tamang said without specifying further.

“Naming senior GJM leaders in the AIGL president’s murder is a deep political conspiracy. However, we are confident that truth will ultimately prevail and the GJM leaders who have been framed will be proved innocent. We have full faith in the judiciary system,” Jyoti Kumar Rai, GJM assistant secretary issued a press statement, said after a meeting on Saturday.

“I am very happy that the CBI has filed its charge sheet. The agency is doing its duty. Now, I feel we will finally get justice,” said Bharati Tamang, widow of the murdered AIGL leader, on Saturday. “We are continuing our fight for justice even though the murder took place five years ago. My husband’s murder was the assassination of democracy, therefore justice must be given,” Bharati said.

The CID had first taken up the Madan Tamang murder case and had submitted a charge sheet figuring names of 30 GJM leaders and activists, including that of Nicole Tamang. “The murder is an open book and everyone knows who did it. All I want is that the culprits/accused be arrested and punished,” said Bharati.

All those named in the state and central agency’s charge-sheet are presently out on bail and two including Nicole are absconding while one accused Dil Kumar Rai was found dead
in his home on December 28, 2011.

Govind Chhetri of the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) party welcoming the development said the matter should not be politicized. “It is like the case of better late than never. We believe in our court and hope that it will give the correct judgment
without prejudice,” he said.

Source: EOI

CPRM public meeting in Darjeeling, came down heavily on GJM

9:56 AM
"Even the Hottest Sun, Must Set" - R B Rai [CPRM]

The Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) organized public meeting was supposed to be a regular affair till three days ago, but with the GJM top brass getting implicated in the Madan Tamang murder case, it turned in to one of the most awaited political rallies in recent memory... and the CPRM leaders didn't pull any punches.
Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist organized public meeting in Darjeeling
Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist organized public meeting in Darjeeling
Aiming straight at the GJM and its leadership, CPRM President R B Rai said, "nothing stays forever... those who have played with the emotions of common people need to realize this... even the sun with the fiercest heat, must set when dusk arrives..."

Drawing parallel with the history, Mr. Rai said, "just how Mir Zafar's loss in the Battle of Plassey and caused our entire nation to be enslaved by the British... in the same manner one individual [read Bimal Gurung] has stabbed the hearts of the Gorkhalis of Terai and Dooars to meet his own ends... so all of us need to be careful."

CPRM Youth leader Mr. Arun Ghatani said, "the judicial system may function slowly, but it does function... if Staymava Jayate is the creed of India, then those responsible for Madan Tamang murder case, must be punished for their crimes."

He reiterated the demand for conducting Panchayat elections in the hills, and said, "panchayat elections have not been conducted for the past 15 years, who is responsible for this delay? why are our people being deprived of their rights? why should our people have to suffer due the the incompetence of the current political dispensation? Numerous posts are empty and employment opportunities of our youths have been compromised... who is responsible for this apathy?"

Taking a salvo at the GJM run Municipalities, Mr. Ghatani added, "the GJM Municipalities say they will check building of highrises in the hills... let me remind them... it is their own leaders who are making these highrises all over the hills... who gave them permission? an enquiry needs to be conducted to ascertain those who are responsible for turning Darjeeling into a concrete jungle"

Taking salvo at the lack of basic facilities in the hills, such as drinking water, Mr. R.B Rai said, "today drinking water has become rarer than petrol in Darjeeling... the Balasan Drinking Water project for which Rs 55.88 crores was sanctioned when Dawa Norbula was the MP in 2006, has not yet been completed... will the people of Darjeeling ever get to drink clean water? is the current party in power capable of delivering such basic facilities? I don't think so"

Speaking at the occasion, CPRM Spokesperson Mr. Govind Chettri said, "Those in power [GJM] try to sell small contracts as development... in Gurgaon our people were brutally beaten up... even the police officer used derogatory remarks against our cheli-beti... not even one protest was organized against such a heinous crime by the ruling party..." he added, "Such derogation will never be addressed by stop-gap measure like the GTA... we need Gorkhaland state..."

He further said, "those who said they would bring Gorkhaland by 2010, are today talking about 2017... if they cannot raise the issue, they can surrender..."

Questioning the lack of commitment and sincerity on the part of GJM and BJP towards Darjeeling and Gorkhaland he said, "where is the fact finding committee promised by the Home Minister? where is the MP who was supposed to raise the issues of Municipality, tea garden workers? Both GJM and BJP are only interested in 2016 elections.... and nothing else..." he added.

Via: TheDC


AIGL Demands Immediate Arrest of All Accused in Madan Tamang Murder Case

9:19 AM
The Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (AIGL) has demanded provisioning of protection for all the witnesses and immediate arrest of all the accused in the Madan Tamang Murder Case.
 AIGL top brass meeting in Darjeeling
Pic via: Himalaya Darpan, AIGL top brass meeting in Darjeeling
Following the CBI Chargesheet, the AIGL top brass met at their Darjeeling office.

Speaking to the press, AIGL General Secretary Laxman Pradhan said, "we welcome the chargesheet filed by the CBI... and we are thankful to everyone who made this possible... justice should be done and all those involved must be made to face the consequences of their crime."

Senior AIGL Leader Pratap Khati saidm "we are very happy with the chargesheet, as through this action CBI has restored peoples faith in judicial system of our country..."

Demanding protection for the witnesses, Mr. Khati said, "all those people who are a witness to this crime need to be given protection by the administration, as all those accused are highly influential and can leverage their position to cause the witness to change their statement."

Mr. Khati further added, "CBI must have solid prima facie evidence on the basis of which they have filed the chargesheet, so all those accused need to be arrested immediately, as the can influence the witness... and given the fact that those accused have a history of having done so... they need to be arrested immediately."

Speaking on the existing good relations between GJM and BJP, and how that could influence the case, Mr. Khati said, "we were fearful that the government would not allow for the chargesheet to be filed... but they didn't interfere in the process... it is indicative of the fact that the current PM Narendra Modi is not like other PMs... for us it is a small evidence of his sincerity... he could have intervened, but he didn't... so we are beginning to believe that the current government respects the rule of the law... and that they will not intervene in this case... and will allow justice to prevail."

Bharati Tamang, AIGL Chief and wife of Late. Madan Tamang, said, "the murder of Madan Tamang was in fact the murder of democracy in the hills, if he gets justice, then the democracy in the hills will have received justice."

She stated that she has full faith in the judiciary and the judicial process.


Source:TheDC

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha smells Conspiracy in Chargesheet

8:46 AM
Deep Gazmer

The CBI chargesheet against senior Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders, including party president Bimal Gurung, in the All India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang's murder case has sent ripples in Hills politics.
CBI chargesheet against senior Gorkha Janmukti Morcha  leaders - GJM smells Conspiracy in Chargesheet
CBI chargesheet against senior Gorkha Janmukti Morcha  leaders -
GJM smells Conspiracy in Chargesheet
The chargesheet comes after the CID charge-sheeted 30 senior GJM leaders though GJM is part of the NDA family. State BJP president Rahul Sinha on Saturday made a laboured attempt to argue in favour of the accused. "Some senior GJM leaders have been charge-sheeted. But that doesn't mean they are guilty," Sinha said.

Bimal Gurung on Saturday said he and several others named in the CBI charge sheet in connection with the murder of All India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang were innocent.

"Me, wife Asha, party MLA Harkabahadur Chettri and all others in the Morcha are innocent and we are victims of a conspiracy," Gurung told a hastily-called press conference here.
The GJM leader, who however refrained from elaborating on the conspiracy, said, "We have faith in the judicial system and let the truth come out about the murder."

Political observers maintain that the Narendra Modi government may use the CBI chargesheet to keep the GJM under leash. For the moment, the accused GJM leaders have no other option but to defend their case in Calcutta high court. Senior GJM functionaries huddled into a meeting in Darjeeling on Saturday to chalk out their future strategy. After the meeting, GJM assistant secretary Jyoti Kumar Rai said: "Naming senior GJM leaders in the AIGL president's murder is a deep political conspiracy. However, we are confident that truth will ultimately prevail and the GJM leaders who have been framed will be proved innocent. We have full faith in the judiciary."

The CBI chargesheet has come as a shot in the arm to Madan Tamang's widow Bharati. "I am very happy that the CBI has filed its charge sheet. The agency is doing its duty. Now, I feel we will finally get justice," the victim's widow said.

The AIGL leader was hacked to death on May 21, 2010 in broad daylight near the Upper Clubside area while overseeing preparations for the party's public meeting that fateful day. The CBI took over the investigation in 2011 at the direction of Calcutta high court. "We are continuing our fight for justice even though the murder took place five years ago. My husband's murder was the assassination of democracy, therefore justice must be given," Bharati said.

The CID had first taken up the Madan Tamang murder case and had submitted a charge sheet figuring names of thirty GJM leaders and activists, including that of Nicole Tamang, a central committee leader. "The murder is an open book and everyone knows who did it. All I want is that the culprits/accused be arrested and punished," said Bharati.

Soon after Nicole Tamang's arrest, the man mysteriously escaped from police custody at Pintail village near Siliguri while being questioned by the CID on August 16, 2010. He has been on the run since then. All those named in the state and central agency's chargesheet are presently out on bail and two, including Nicole, are absconding. One accused, Dil Kumar Rai, was found dead in his home on December 28, 2011.

Govind Chhetri of the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) hailed the development. "It is better late than never. We have hope in the judiciary and believe that the court will deliver justice without prejudice," Chhetri said.

Source: TNN


CBI indicts GJM leadership including Bimal Gurung in Madan Tamang murder case

11:37 PM
In a major setback to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), its entire top leadership including chief Bimal Gurung, was on Friday indicted by the CBI in the murder case of All India Gorkha League (AIGL) president Madan Tamang.
CBI indicts GJM leadership including Bimal Gurung in Madan Tamang murder case
Left GJM chief Bimal Gurung,  Right Madan Tamang Man Murdered in Broad Daylight
Filed before a city court, the charge sheet indicted Gurung -- also the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) chief, his wife Asha Gurung, party general secretary Roshan Giri and GTA chairman Pradip Pradhan among others for various offences including murder.

"In all, 14 people have been named today (Friday) in the final supplementary charge sheet. The offences include criminal conspiracy for murder, rioting armed with deadly weapons, committing murder," said a CBI official.

Others named in the charge sheet include GJM vice president Benoy Tamang, party MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri, GTA deputy chief executive Ramesh Alley and Gurung's two close associates - Dinesh Singh and Devendra Sharma.

The CBI, which has been probing the case since 2011, earlier charge-sheeted 31 accused.

ABGL president Tamang was stabbed to death in Darjeeling on May 21, 2010.

"The accused named in the final chargesheet today have been charged with murder and criminal conspiracy," said a CBI officer. "There is specific evidence against each of those named and we will furnish them during trial," the officer added.


The late ABGL chief's widow, Bharati Tamang, who leads the party now, had also pleaded before the high court that the case be shifted out of Darjeeling, saying a fair trial was not possible there.

Morcha general secretary Giri, when asked about today's chargesheet, said: "We will first consult our lawyers before making any statement."

The ABGL leadership demanded the immediate arrest of the Morcha leaders.

"The chargesheet has shown that none is above the law and it shows that the Morcha leadership is involved. We are told that these leaders have been shown as absconders in the chargesheet. We demand their immediate arrest," said Pratap Khati, the general secretary of the ABGL.

He added: "Since these leaders are influential, we demand that trial should be held in custody."

Of the 31 named in the chargesheets of the CBI and the CID, Dinesh Subba is untraceable. Another accused, Dil Kumar Rai, was found murdered near Darjeeling on December 28, 2011.

Sangay Yolmo, another accused, is bed-ridden. Yolmo was hit by a bullet during a clash on the day Madan Tamang was assassinated. The bullet pierced his spine, making him paralytic.

The rest are out on bail.


Source: business-standard.com / Telegraph


AIGL seeks justice on Madan Tamang murder case on his 5th death anniversary

8:32 AM
The All India Gorkha League (AIGL) observed the fifth death anniversary of its slain leader Madan Tamang on Thursday in Darjeeling at the very spot where he was hacked to death in broad daylight on May 21, 2010.
Bharati Tamang - Pic via Himalayadarpan.
Party leaders in their speeches rued the lack of apathy shown by the West Bengal government and the investigating agency in speeding the process to provide justice even after five years since the murder had taken place.

“We have failed to get justice even after five years. Is this how the law works in our country? If so than it is really sad,” said Laxman Pradhan, the AIGL vice president. The party adopted a resolution
to demand for judicial inquiry into their leader’s murder. “We will seek support of likeminded political parties of the hills first and then demand judicial inquiry into our leader’s murder,” he said.
Tamang, the AIGL president was hacked to death in the morning of May 21, 2010 at the Upper Clubside area of the town while overseeing preparation for a public meeting on that fateful day. The AIGL leader’s murder case was initially handled by the CID; however, it was taken over by the CBI but the investigation has failed to yield much result.

Bharati Tamang, the slain leader’s wife in 2012 had filed a petition in the Supreme Court questioning the slow investigation by the CBI and had demanded for a special investigation team into her husband’s murder. “Impartial investigation has not been done by the agencies presently handling the case. We want nothing but the truth to come to light and those involved brought to justice,” Pradhan said.

The CID had named 30 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters and leaders in their charge-sheet. Prime accused Nicole Tamang, a GJM central committee leader, was arrested in August 2010 but mysteriously managed to abscond from Pintail Village, a government guest house near Siliguri, while being interrogated.

All others named in the charge sheet are presently out in bail apart from Nicole and Dinesh Subba who are absconding and a third person Sangey Yolmo who is in hospital. Dil Kumar Rai also named in the charge sheet was murdered at Goradura on the way to Singla tea estate, on December 28, 2011.
Representatives from the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxisrt (CPRM), the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) and the Congress were also present, to pay their homage to the slain AIGL leader.

Source: EOI

AIGL 72nd foundation day observed, pitches for Gorkhaland

10:20 AM
The AIGL (All India Gorkha League), which chose to remain in oblivion for more than three years following the assassination of its president in 2010, on Friday observed the party’s foundation day by holding a public meeting in Darjeeling. Madan Tamang, the party’s former president, was murdered in broad daylight on May 21, 2010 at the Upper Clubside area of Darjeeling allegedly by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters while he was overseeing preparations for a public meeting. The AIGL remained largely inactive after the murder of Tamang  although it observed the foundation day in the party office. Friday’s public meeting was the first in more than three years and commemorated the party’s 72nd foundation day.
 AIGL 72nd foundation day observed in Darjeeling
People light up candles to pay homage before a portrait of Madan Tamang, President of Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL) at Titanic Park in Gangtok. He was hacked to death in Darjeeling. A PTI file photo.
The AIGL was formed in May 15, 1943. Taking the opportunity, most speakers drew flak on the GJM accusing it of selling off the statehood demand. “The GJM has betrayed and compromised on the statehood demand. If the 29th state in the form of Telangana can be created, why not a Gorkhaland state? This shows the insincerity of the GJM,” said AIGL general secretary Pratap Khati. He also said the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration was not what the Gorkha people wanted and that it should be scrapped to pave way for a separate state. “If the present dispensation (GJM) and its leaders are sincere, they should denounce the GTA and take to the streets to make the Gorkhas’ dream into reality,” said Khati. Terming Tamang’s murder as sacrifice for the greater cause of a Gorkhaland state, the AIGL general secretary said the people should respect and support the AIGL in taking forward the statehood demand. “Our president laid down his life for a separate state. He never compromised unlike the GJM and the GNLF. We will never let go of the demand for a separate state,” he said.

AIGL vice president Laxman Pradhan echoed similar sentiments and said the statehood demand had got suppressed by the acceptance of the GTA that does not come with any constitutional guarantee. “Only a separate state is the ultimate dream of the hill people. The GTA, which is a temporary entity, is an obstacle in the path of achieving a separate state,” he said. Pradhan also pointed to the failure of the BJP MPs from Darjeeling in taking up the statehood demand. “Neither Jaswant Singh earlier nor SS Ahluwalia now has spoken for or taken up the statehood demand in Parliament. Their intention was just to become MPs and whatever they promised is only eyewash,” alleged the AIGL vice president.

The GJM is the political ally of the BJP. In the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP successfully fielded its candidates from Darjeeling constituency and the GJM extended its support in exchange for a pledge by the saffron front of taking up the statehood demand.

Source: EOI


All accused in the Madan Tamang assassination case granted bail

8:47 AM
All the accused in the Madan Tamang (ABGL) Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League leader assassination case have been granted bail by the Kolkata High Court.
File pics of some of the accused taken during their appearance in Darjeeling court, last year
The Kolkata high court cited lapse on the part of the police, who had failed to file a charge-sheet within three months of the arrest, as the reason for granting bail to the accused.

Almost all those arrested have strong ties to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and including its then Yuva Morcha chief Alok Kantamani Thulung and youth leaders like Puran Thami, Kismat Chettri and Dinesh Gurung alias Karate Kaila.

The Kolkata high-court has however instructed that the accused cannot enter Darjeeling district, Jalpaiguri district and the state of Sikkim.

The court has further instructed that all the accused need to register themselves with the police station of where ever they will be based, and has also required for the accused to present themselves to CBI office in Calcutta once a month.

It may be noted that the main accused Nickole Tamang escaped from the CID custody and the CBI is yet to find him.

Source: DC

Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha Gurung anticipatory bail granted

10:26 PM
GJM chief Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha Gurung get the anticipatory bail in Madan Tamang Murder Case. The Calcutta High Court today granted anticipatory bail to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha in connection with a case of attempt to murder the bodyguard of slain All India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang. 

GJM chief Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha Gurung
GJM chief Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha Gurung
Gurung and his wife were named in the FIR in connection with the alleged attempt to murder Maheshwar Thakuri, a police constable, who was the personal security officer of Tamang. 

Tamang was murdered in broad daylight on May 21, 2010, when Thakuri also suffered gunshot injuries. Thakuri named 36 persons in the FIR. 

A Darjeeling court had last month rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Gurung and his wife Asha, who is the chief of the women's wing of GJM. 

The couple then moved the Calcutta High Court seeking anticipatory bail. 

Their counsel Milan Mukherjee claimed that they were falsely implicated. 

A division bench comprising Justice Jayanta Biswas and Justice Indrajit Chatterjee, hearing both the petitioner's counsel and the prosecution, granted the anticipatory bail prayers of Bimal Gurung and Asha Gurung.

Source: business-standard

 
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