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CBI makes first arrest in Tamang case

The CBI on Wednesday made its first arrest in the murder case of Gorkha leader Madang Tamang, a year after his killing on May 21, 2010.

india Updated: May 26, 2011 01:27 IST
Amitava Banerjee

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) made its first arrest in the Madan Tamang murder case on Wednesday. Dipen Maley, Spokesperson of the Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha (GJVM) – Youth wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha was arrested from his residence at Pokhriabong in Darjeeling.

Though the CBI preferred to remain tightlipped on this, the arrest has been confirmed by the Police.

"On Monday morning the CBI had requisitioned police personnel. Backed by the Darjeeling police the CBI arrested Maley" confirmed Kunal Agarwal, Additional Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling.

Maley in his late 30's was driven in from Pokhriabong, around 30km from Darjeeling town to the Darjeeling Sadar police station at around 4pm. He is being lodged at the Sadar police station.

All India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang was overseeing preparations for a public meeting on May 21, 2010 at the Upper Clubside in Darjeeling when he was hacked to death allegedly by a mob at around 9:20am.

On the direction of the Calcutta High court the CBI on January 20, 2011 had taken up the Madan Tamang murder case and the mysterious disappearance of chief accused Nickol Tamang from CID custody.

1. May 23, 2010: CID takes charge of investigations.

2. August 30, 2010 : CID submits a 519 page charge sheet naming 30 persons and 61 witnesses. 8 persons previously arrested.

3. August 16, 2010: Bimal Gurung’s close confidant and GJM Central Committee member Nickol Tamang arrested based on his cell phone being recovered from the murder spot on day of murder.

4. August 18, 2010: CID pray for remand of Nickol Tamang. 12 days remand granted by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Darjeeling.

5. August 21, 2010: Nickol disappears mysteriously from Pintal Village near Siliguri where he was being held by the CID for interrogation. Apparently escapes from the skylight adjacent to the washroom.

6. August 24, 2010: CID announces Rs. 50,000/- award for credible information of Nickol Tamang’s whereabouts.

7. November 4, 2010 : Nickol’s property attached.

8. January 20, 2011: The case is later transferred to the CBI.

Pema Tamang, wife of Nickol Tamang had moved a Habeas Corpus in the Calcutta High Court demanding that the whereabouts of her husband be traced. Nickol had disappeared mysteriously from Pintal Village near Siliguri where he was being held by the CID for interrogation.

After having opened up camp offices in Darjeeling and Siliguri, the CBI begun investigations.

The division bench of Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice A K Ray had directed the CBI to submit a progress report on the investigations on June 23.