The main suspect behind the May 21 killing of Gorkha leader Madan Tamang in the town was on Monday declared an absconder by a Darjeeling court.
Nicole Tamang, who escaped from the custody of the CID from Pintail village near Siliguri on August 22, was among the 30 named in the chargesheet filed by the investigating agency in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate H Rashid in Darjeeling.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, meanwhile, withdrew an indefinite strike called in Darjeeling from today to press for Nicole's production in the court in view of the tripartite talks with the Centre and West Bengal government on September 7.
The decision was announced by GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri here after a meeting with Darjeeling District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police Devendra Pratap Singh.
To press for the demand, Giri said batches of seven GJM supporters would fast in Kalimpomg, Kurseong and Darjeeling from September 1 to 17.
A GJM 'investigation team' has also been formed, he said, adding it would leave for Assam and Nepal in search of Nicole.
He also announced that henceforth government and Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council offices in the hills would be allowed to function unhindered.