All India Gorkha League [AIGL] leader Pratab Khati has demanded those named in the FIR in the Madan Tamang murder case in Darjeeling should be arrested within a week and threatened Madan's widow Bharati Tamang will sit on an indefinite fast if the demand was not met.
Distributing copies of the internet edition of a newspaper report on Tamang murder investigation, Khati told reporters on Thursday evening, "the GJM has been blaming everybody including the West Bengal government for Tamang murder but himself."
If those behind the murder, "including the top GJM leadership as claimed in the report", were not arrested, AIGL leaders including the newly appointed President Bharati Tamang will sit on a fast unto death protest, Khati said.
He said the AIGL President will fax a demand to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya demanding the immediate arrest of GJM leaders.
Khati also reminded the Chief Minister that he had already promised to a AIGL delegation that justice will be done.
Denouncing the frequent shutdowns in the hills, Khati said "the AIGL will not do the politics of bandhs like the GJM which has called for a 40-day shutdown in the hills during its movement".
Vowing to work towards a Gorkhaland, he said "Madan Tamang had sacrificed his life for a separate state and we will not compromise on this."