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Madan Tamang murder case: CBI wants arrest warrants for GJM chief Bimal Gurung, 21 others

The investigating agency seeks the arrest warrants as Gurung and other accused in the murder case did not turn up for the hearing violating an earlier Kolkata high court order.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2017 09:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
The CBI urges a Kolkata court to issue warrants for the arrest of GJM chief Bimal Gurung and 21 others for failing to turn up in the court for the hearing of Madan Tamang murder case in which they are accused. (AFP File Photo )

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday urged a Kolkata court to issue arrest warrants for Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung and 21 other suspects in the murder of prominent Gorkha leader Madan Tamang.

Tamang, president of the All India Gorkha League, was hacked to death in Darjeeling in 2010. Though a supporter of the Gorkhaland movement, he was opposed to Gurung’s mode of functioning.

The CBI sought their arrest as they failed to turn up in the court for the hearing of the murder case the investigating agency is probing.

The Kolkata city sessions court reserved its order for Tuesday after hearing the CBI plea.

Other prominent GJM leaders whose arrest the CBI sought include Gurung’s wife Asha Gurung, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri and assistant general secretary Binay Tamang.

Of the 54 accused in this case, four are already dead and two are missing. Former GJM legislator Harka Bahadur Chettri and former GJM leader Pradeep Pradhan, who later jointed the ruling Trinamool Congress were among the accused present in the court. Chetri resigned from the GJM and formed his own outfit the Jan Andolan Party.

Most of the accused against whom the CBI wanted arrest warrants are currently spearheading a movement for carving out a separate state for the Nepali-speaking community of West Bengal’s Darjeeling district.

The counsel for Gurung and others who were not present in the court prayed that they be permitted to be represented by their lawyers. CBI counsel Arun Bhagat objected saying that since the Calcutta high court had earlier asked them to be present before the trial court for hearing, arrest warrants be issued.

On July 19, a division bench of the Calcutta high court directed all the accused in the case to be present at the trial court. The division bench also directed the trial court to hold day- to- day hearing and conclude proceedings for framing of charges in the murder case by August 17.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 09:20 IST