West Bengal Government on Monday ordered a CID inquiry into the brutal murder of Gorkha leader Madan Tamang, as ten top members of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), spearheading the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland, resigned from the party in protest against the killing.
Director-General of Police Bhupinder Singh said a CID probe had been ordered into the All India Gorkha League (AIGL) president's killing on Friday. He said Special IGP Pankaj Dutta has been sent to Darjeeling and IGP (CID) NN Pande will leave on Tuesday in connection with the probe.
In a setback to the GJM, ten central committee members, including Morcha press secretary Harka Bahadur Chhetri resigned over the killing.
"The suspicion for the killing points to the GJM. Therefore I am resigning," Chettri told PTI in Siliguri.
On Sunday, senior GJM leader Anmol Prasad, who had represented the party at the first four rounds of tripartite talks with the Centre and West Bengal Government, also quit citing a similar reason.
Among other central committee members who resigned were Palden Lama, CK Subba, CR Rai, Tilok Dewan, Bijit Tamang, LB Pawrir and Narayan Subba.
There was a huge turnout for the slain 61-year-old leader's funeral, with a 15,000 strong procession marching from Darjeeling town to his ancestral home at Megma, 100 km away on West Bengal's border with Nepal.
Mourners raised anti-GJM slogans and tore GJM posters and banners. A report from Kalimpong said over 5,000 people also took out a procession and raised anti-GJM slogans.
AIGL supporters, sporting black bands, blamed the GJM for the killing of their leader.
Earlier, an FIR has been filed naming GJM President Bimal Gurung, his wife and chief of Narimukti Morcha, Asha Gurung, general secretary Roshan Giri, Chettri, vice-president Amar Lama and Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP) 'commandant' Ramesh Aley for conspiracy.
Charges of murder have been filed against seven others.
A Gangtok report said the Sikkim police were on the lookout for the suspects who could have fled to the state.