The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths filed an additional charge sheet in the Madan Tamang murder case implicating Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha (GJVM- youth wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) Spokesperson Dipen Maley.
All India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang was overseeing preparations for a public meeting on May 21, 2010 at the Upper Clubside in Darjeeling, West Bengal, when he was hacked to death allegedly by a mob at around 9.20 am.
In the supplementary charge sheet filed against Dipen Maley in the Darjeeling court on Saturday certain new names including Asha Gurung- wife of GJM President Bimal Gurung; Pemba Tshering Ola - former Chairman Darjeeling Municipality, Sandhya Gurung, Sushma Rai, Dinesh Theeng appear in different statements. However they are not charged in this charge sheet.
The CBI had arrested Maley on May 25, 2011, from his residence in Pokhriabong, 30 km fromDarjeeling town in connection with the All India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang assassination case. On May 26 he had been produced at the CJM court and was sentenced 10 days of police remand. The CBI had taken him to Kolkata for interrogation.
CBI earlier had claimed that during Maley's remand, they had managed to unearth incriminating evidences against him. The CBI further claimed that among the previous arrests in this case three persons had reflected Maley's name and one amongst the three had confessed to Maley's involvement in front of Magistrate under Section 164 CrPC (confession before a Magistrate.) 2 cell phones and 4 SIM cards had been seized from Maley which according to the CBI had shed light into the investigation.
Maley has been charged under Sections 302 (murder,) 506 (criminal intimidation,) 120B (criminal conspiracy,) 147 (rioting,) 148 (rioting with deadly weapon,) 149 (unlawful assembly) and Additional Section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention.) of the Indian Penal Code.
Initially the case had been handed over to the CID. On August 30, 2010 the CID had filed a charge sheet naming 30 persons and 61 witnesses. They had however kept the provision for filing supplementary charge sheets in future.
Eight persons had been arrested. However prime accused Nickol Tamang had disappeared mysteriously from Pintal Village near Siliguri where he was being held by the CID on August 21, 2010, for interrogation after being arrested.
Pema Tamang, wife of prime accused Nickol Tamang had moved a Habeas Corpus in the Calcutta high court demanding that the whereabouts of her husband be traced. On the direction of the Calcutta high court the CBI on January 20, 2011 had taken up the Madan Tamang murder case and the Nickol Tamang disappearance case.
In a hearing at the Calcutta high court on July 22, 2011 the CBI claimed that Nickol Tamang is alive and has been spotted in Nepal. The Calcutta high court has ordered the CBI to produce Tamang in court within the next 6 months (from July 22.) The CBI has already issued Interpol red corner notice requesting information on 47 year old Nickol Tamang.